Mafiasoft?  Microsoft to ‘offer’ new subscription security protection racket

“Microsoft Corp. is gearing up to release a subscription service that will make it easier for network technicians at big businesses to make sure computers don’t fall prey to spyware or virus attacks,” Elizabeth M. Gillespie reports for The Associated Press. “The world’s largest software maker said Thursday it will release a test version of the service by the end of the year.”

Gillespie reports, “Scott Stanzel, senior product manager in Microsoft’s security technology unit, said Client Protection, as the company is calling it, will be similar to Windows OneCare, an all-in-one service the company is working on to bolster security for personal computers.
The Redmond, Wash., company has not said how much the service will cost or when it will be available in final form.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As stated before, there’s a tried and true name for people that will pay Microsoft for Windows and, on top of that, pay them extra for some promise of protection: “suckers.” Hate to break it to you this way, but if you’re that stupid, you deserve to use Windows, and only Windows, for the rest of your life.

We wonder what will happen if and when Microsoft’s security subscription earnings dip and need to be, ahem, “reinvigorated?”

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Sleazy Microsoft sells out anti-spyware Windows users, downgrades Claria Gator to ‘ignore’ – July 07, 2005
Mafiasoft? Microsoft to roll out anti-virus subscription protection racket – May 13, 2005


  1. As I’ve said many times before… there’s one born every minute. But in these days of $200 PCs, they’re born one every nano-second.

    In related news, supermarkets will start selling antidotes to the poison they put in milk. Cellphone makers will start selling radiation shields. LA will start charging for canned air.

    MW: start. Let’s start another round of DoJ investigations.

  2. folks, we need a caption competition for the photo that goes with the article linked above

    and for any hitchikers guide to the galaxy fans, does Mr B not bear an uncanny resemblance to Prostetnik Vogon Geltz? In appearance AND demeanour?

    MW: young

  3. Here is a question i have for mac heads and the MDN webmaster who wrote that response above..

    If windows users are foced to pay up extra to protect their operating system then they are stupid… fine, lets follow your logic here… so that means that the customers who buy ipods must be stupid too (to quote MDN “Suckers” aswell).. since they have to fork out more money to protect it with ipod cases.. afterall as the apple store employee put it “Thats how they get you” …

    as for the subscription service part.. well how many cases have u replaced for your ipod??? forget cases lets talk about batteries… screens… I can go on for days

    Something to think about MDN and all apple lovers out there.. you are so quick to respond but yet you leave huge holes in your logic.

    Maybe all of you should go back to the one comment not even I can counter.. your famous trump card “Mac has zero viruses”… in the end thats all you have left to say as all other arugements do not stand a chance in a debate.

    with love,

    Music Label Executive – ANON

  4. “well how many cases have u replaced for your ipod??? forget cases lets talk about batteries… screens… I can go on for days”

    Ive had iPods since the very begninnging. Count four iPods in my posession and the answer to your uqestion:

    None and zero.

  5. I think this is a good thing. We love macs but as we all know Windows is here to stay and some of us have to use it. Whether it is because we are required by work, we need an app that isn’t available for the mac, we have a partner/client that only uses Windows, or we have to use a website/intranet that only runs on MS Internet Explorer for Windows.

    We should be a bit more mature about this. Maybe if Apple can double its market share then software developers will be able to more easily generate ROI to justify development efforts for the mac platform.

  6. Oh, please do go on for days….

    How can you foolishly compare the two situations? They are not even close to the same situation.

    Not a single case replacement (in fact I don’t even have one), battery replacement, or screen replacement for the many iPods I have owned. I agree that there are those who have and I sympathize with them and Apple does an admirable job (not perfect though) of addressing the problem with a reasonable replacement plan. Apple has replaced one of my mini’s (after it’s warranty had expired by 4 months) due to a static problem.

    On the other hand, EVERY single copy of Windows EVER sold has security problems and vulnerabilities built into it’s design. Now they want the consumer to pay to protect against these deficiencies in there own product?

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