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Monday, 24 July 2006 07:57
Chills at Microsoft's security huddle
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: July 24, 2006, 4:00 AM PDT
 

Microsoft likes to keep its friends close--and now that security companies are its foes, it may well want to keep those even closer.

The software maker has traditionally held powwows with partners to explore common ground. Security has been one area of activity: For almost 10 years, it has quietly held annual meetings with top researchers from antivirus companies such as McAfee and Symantec. This year, however, Microsoft decided to merge a couple of security get-togethers, as it found it was repeating itself over multiple meetings.

But that wasn't the big difference for the companies at the June meeting. Microsoft, and its $34 billion war chest, is now a competitor in the antivirus market. With its huge presence on desktops, the software giant has a built-in advantage--and that is making some collaborators nervous about sharing information. It's especially a concern that Microsoft requires attendees to sign a document that allows the company to use anything that anyone says at the event.

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