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Microsoft Plans Free Anti-Spyware Program


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 02:53 PM

Feb 15, 1:33 PM (ET) By MATTHEW FORDAHL "SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft Corp will give away software to battle spyware, adware and other privacy-invading pests, company co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday. Gates also announced Microsoft will have by year's end a product to combat viruses and worms, though he offered no details, including whether a version of the software will be free. "
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Posted 15 February 2005 - 04:47 PM

"Free"

Are we talking about the same Bill Gates here?

Gates and free is a new thing for sure!

Glad its going to be free but will it compete with ad-aware or spywsweeper?

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 05:18 AM

I really don't see the reason Bill Gates is demonised so much by the popular press and (usually) those with a fondness for using M$.

So they make money out of a product - and? Every business does this, they can't help it that, at one particular moment in time, they were the company that had exactly what everyone needed for their desktops at that moment - it had to be someone, why not Microsoft? Fact is, for all their faults their products are still leaps and bounds ahead of others in some respects and need to do some catching up in others - just like every other OS vendor out there. The whole "Gates is doing something for free!!" thing doesn't really come into it - he regularly donates vast amounts of cash every year (millions and millions of dollars) to charities, funds, appeals etc, so its not like he doesn't give anything back.

How many large multinationals give absolutely nothing back to anyone? Plenty.

Microsoft can't really win - if they'd charged for MAS, they'd have been panned, so they do the decent thing and announce its free and people queue up to knock them down anyway.

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 09:24 AM

So Eloquent put. Gates didn't Invent Spywear, Viruses or Worms (Well maybe he thought about them at some point)

Mr gates in Probably the One American who has made the Biggest Positive Contribution to this world and like a Good American made a fortune doing it........Good On Him!!

There is a whole lot to be said for people who have become so stinkingly rich that they are beyond financial influence and just do what they can to serve others.

BUT I still wish his bloody organisation would send me a new CD Key for my XP Pro (English) and stop buggering me about and sending me to yet another International site that does not accept email correspondence :thumbsup:

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