Microsoft needs to keep its antispyware free

In a previous article I summarized an assortment of free tools for combating spyware. Unfortunately, since that time, the problem has only worsened.

Instant poll:

Would you pay for a Microsoft antispyware product?

As a result, analysts are now estimating that the global antispyware market could grow to $400 million by 2008. That's more than quadrupling from what it is today, folks.

As SearchWin2000.com reported in December, Microsoft

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has acquired antispyware maker Giant Company Software Inc. With businesses' so dependent upon Microsoft products, I can only say that it's about time we see a concrete example of Redmond's sincerity in fighting this danger.

In a recent statement on the acquisition, Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the security business and technology unit at Microsoft, said, "Spyware is a serious and growing problem for PC users, and customers have made it clear that they want Microsoft to deliver effective solutions to protect against the threat."

Spyware is a serious problem? Customers want protection? Gee, Microsoft, ya think? Well, it's taken a lot of moaning and groaning, but at least the spyware problem is finally on Redmond's to-do list.

On Thursday, Microsoft released its antispyware beta to the public. You can download the beta here. Let's just hope that Microsoft is committed to keeping this product free after the beta period -- because customers shouldn't have to pay to plug Microsoft holes.

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