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Perspectives: January 2

perspectivesI’ve decided to start a new series on this blog, which I’m calling Perspectives. I realize that I end a lot of posts with “we’ll see where this goes”, but we never get to see, since I’m not going to repeat the same stuff every day until a conclusion is reached. Blogs tend to be so obsessed with the “now”, that we never pay attention to what’s happened in the past, and we forget things that might be important. So, every day, unless I’m way too busy (or not around), I’ll post about whatever I was discussing a year ago, and, as time goes by, two years ago, and so on.

On January 2, 2005, besides a flame war between Microsoft and Google employees (which I discuss at InsideGoogle today and I think Google is winning), there was also the fact that Microsoft was promoting on its spyware homepage competitors from a product it was about to release, Microsoft AntiSpyware.

A year later, not only is AntiSpyware a major success embaressing those competitors, but they’ve been removed from the homepage, relegated to low placement on a downloads page, while AntiSpyware is linked prominently all over AntiSpyware, which will soon be renamed Windows Defender, has been joined by the equally excellent Windows OneCare, to begin the long trek towards fixing Microsoft’s imageof being poor on security.

This has been “Perspectives”, I’m Lionel Osbourne.

January 2nd, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Perspectives, AntiSpyware, Google, Security, General | no comments

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