Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 at 10:31am

Windows Vista to allow alternate security vendors in

Posted by Jordan Erickson

It has been a rocky road between Microsoft and security software vendors such as McAfee and Symantec lately.

As the new version of Windows (named Windows Vista) was originally planned, Microsoft barred any and all access to it’s kernel (the piece of software that communicates with computer hardware), including security. Microsoft created its own security software, which has full access to the kernel – but this made it impossible for security software vendors to access this same code to create an alternative security solution.

Needless to say, this upset veteran security software vendors Symantec and McAfee. McAfee took out a full-page ad in the Financial Times to warn about its concerns for the upcoming release of Windows and how it is essentially attempting to become the only security solution provider for Vista, barring any alternatives.

Now, it seems as though Microsoft has turned around, agreeing to give data to alternative security vendors to access the Vista kernel. This will allow software to be written to disable the default Windows security solution and provide an alternative.

It will be interesting to see how the upcoming release of Vista will change how security is dealt with on the computers which run them.

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