Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jan 2006 18:33 UTC
Windows Microsoft will omit anti-virus protection in Vista, the next version of Windows, which it plans to ship late this year. As with previous versions of Windows dating back to Windows 2000 at least, Redmond is promoting Vista as a landmark improvement in Windows security. Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's platform products and services division, told reseller magazine CRN that safety and security, improved user experience, and mobility features will be key additions in Vista. But there will be no anti-virus software, the Windows development supremo said during a questions and answers session with CRN. For unspecified business (not technical) reasons, Microsoft will sell anti-virus protection to consumers through its OneCare online backup and security service.
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gonzo
Member since:
2005-11-10

The problem is not bundling the software. Is forcing the user to use it, or else jump thru enough hoops that a normal user just won't do it (and even more adept users cannot).

How am I forced to use Windows Media Player?
How am I forced to use IE?
How am I forced to use Notepad?

Just install other apps (ie. WinAmp, Firefox, TextPad, etc) and that's it.

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Knuckles Member since:
2005-06-29

You are forced because, for example, there are microsoft apps that don't respect your default browser, and others.

You are forced to use windows messenger because it always opens up even if you use and have msn messenger, and opens up with outlook.

The problem with this would be exactly that. If microsoft bundled an anti-virus, you probably could not even disable it completely, nor remove it and stop it from running.

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

You are forced to use windows messenger because it always opens up even if you use and have msn messenger, and opens up with outlook.

If Windows Messenger opens even though you are using MSN Messenger it's likely that you have it set to start whenever Windows does. Go into it's options dialog and clear the checkboxes pertaining to that and you won't see it again. You can also go into Add/Remove Programs | Windows Components, and uncheck it to remove UI references to it.

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gonzo Member since:
2005-11-10

What apps open IE even if I set Firefox as default browser?

Windows Messenger didn't start when I run Outlook. I just checked.

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Nalle Member since:
2005-07-06

If you have problems with Windows Messenger, just remove it! Don't know how? I'll tell you:

Open a CLI (Command line interface) like the Windows Command prompt.

In there write the following and press [Enter]:

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%infmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

You might need to reboot.

Nalle Berg
./nalle.

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Richard James Member since:
2005-07-07

How am I forced to use IE?

Just install other apps (ie. WinAmp, Firefox, TextPad, etc) and that's it.


On a multi user system XP can have only one default browser so if you install firefox and everyone else uses IE then you are faced with a hard choice. Either force the other users to use firefox everytime they click on a link or everytime you click on a link it will open up IE not firefox. I mean links outside the browser such as in email, not exactly an endearing way to be multi-user.

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gonzo Member since:
2005-11-10

So, you CAN force everyone to use Firefox and not IE.

What are you complaining about then?

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