Microsoft Secures Antivirus Tech

In the latest move as part of the company's Trustworthy Computing initiative, Microsoft announced it will acquire antivirus technology assets from GeCAD Software. GeCAD makes an antivirus engine called RAV, which is currently supported across multiple platforms.

Microsoft plans to enhance Windows with native antivirus support, while allowing third-party antivirus vendors to better integrate with the operating system.

"Customers told us they needed a safer, more trustworthy computing experience to help combat the threats posed by those who write viruses and malicious code," said Mike Nash, Microsoft's corporate vice president of the Security Business Unit. "This acquisition will help us and our partner antivirus providers further mitigate risks from these threats."

Microsoft has not announced when it plans to launch its antivirus solutions, or any details as to packaging and pricing. But company representatives said Redmond intends to offer Windows users a paid antivirus subscription service.

It is not clear what will happen to GeCAD's non-Windows offerings, although Microsoft is likely to cease development of the RAV product line. GeCAD will continue to operate as a consultancy.

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