A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that every copy of Windows 8 would come pre-installed with effective antivirus software. This software would be built by Microsoft itself and would provide basic security to all Windows 8 tablets and computers.
Immediately, companies that made antivirus software cried out. Why would anybody install their programs when they already had Windows 8’s default antivirus software? Microsoft was once again accused of creating a monopolistic environment for its products.
However, Microsoft has clarified its stance. Instead of forcing users to adopt Windows 8’s antivirus protection technology, the program will only become active if the user has no other antivirus software installed.
If Windows 8 does detect that you have antivirus software installed, it will immediately turn off its security program and defer all antivirus responsibilities to that third-party program.
This is a perfect tradeoff for consumers. Essentially, it means that your computer will never be left undefended. If you want to avoid spending any extra money on antivirus software, then you can rely on Windows 8’s default program to keep your system protected. Or, if you feel the need to use additional antivirus support, you can easily swap that in.
Some tech companies restrict competition on their devices (we’re looking at you, Apple), while others foster it. For consumers, competition is always a good thing.
Windows 8 will be released later this year. More details about the Windows 8 operating system and Windows 8 tablets could be announced throughout this week, as both Computex 2012 and E3 are currently underway.