McAfee is so irate over Microsofts decision not to allow
them access to the core of Windows Vista that they today took out a full page
ad in the Financial Times. Symantec is
equally as unhappy about the move, recently stating that Microsoft has
withdrawn its cooperation as it move to replace their security related softwarewith its own.
The ad made some weighty but fair claims:
"Microsoft is being completely unrealistic if, by
locking security companies out of the kernel (core), it thinks hackers won't
crack Vista's kernel. In fact, they already
"Only one approach protecting us all: when it fails, it fails for 97 percent of the world's desktops,"
"Computer users around the globe recognize that the most serious
threats to security exist because of inherent weaknesses in the Microsoftoperating system."
The European Commission has stated that no action is begin taken at the
present time as no formal complaints have been made. It will be interesting to see if this follows
the same path as previous confrontations between Microsoft and third party
software companies (think Netscape, Novell and RealNetworks).