Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 19:28 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's Windows 8 will activate its built-in antivirus software only if it senses that the PC is not protected by another security program, according to AV vendor McAfee." That's one way to appease antivirus companies, I suppose.
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Indeed. Remember that the DOJ anti-trust supervision of Microsoft has ended. Thus, Microsoft is not as scared of the AV companies as it used to be.

With the introduction of Windows RT, though, Microsoft needs the OEMs more than ever. They're already grumbling about being forced to ship a Windows RT in a clean configuration. Apparently Microsoft had to throw them a bone -- which is to permit them to continue loading down Windows 8 with trialware.

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