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May 8, 2006 at 2:29 PM

Report: Vista security good for users, not for vendors

A new analysis of security features on the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system has good news for users and bad news for some third-party vendors.

“Windows Vista will bundle many security features into its operating system that had previously been sold as separate products,” the Yankee Group said in a report out today. “The cumulative effect of Microsoft’s changes means that security features that Vista will enable by default … will make it easier for users to protect themselves from everyday security threats.”

The Windows security aftermarket is worth a cumulative $3.65 billion, but some segments will face greater competition from Vista’s built-in features than others, according to the report.

Anti-spyware vendors could see a high impact to their $440 million market. “We believe Vista’s built-in anti-spyware capabilities will be more than sufficient for the vast majority of enterprises,” the Yankee Group wrote. That could leave companies including Symantec, McAfee, and particularly stand-alone vendors Lavasoft and Webroot, in the lurch.

Anti-virus vendors, who do the vast majority of business in the Windows security aftermarket ($2.6 billion), will face relatively low impact from Vista, Yankee Group said.

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