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Limited Vista access hurts security effort, McAfee says

October 3rd, 2006

McAfee Inc. warned Monday that Microsoft Corp.´s move to lock down Windows Vista´s technical core could hamstring it and other security software vendors by keeping them from accessing a key element of the upcoming operating system.

Microsoft disputed the assertion — calling the precaution in some advanced Windows Vista versions an important protection against attack. Long term, the Windows core “needs to be tamper-proof,” said Stephen Toulouse, senior product manager in Microsoft´s Security Technology Unit.

It´s the latest in a series of controversies over technologies slated for Windows Vista, the next version of the company´s biggest product. Microsoft is aiming to launch in November for businesses and in January for consumers. Rivals want to keep Microsoft from using the dominance of Windows to its advantage in other software markets.Read Full Story

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