Monday, July 30, 2007

Why it is in Microsoft's self-interest to have an OS that is susceptible to viruses

If you are a commercial software developer, you would like an operating system where security risks (e.g., viruses) discourage users from pirating your software.

Yes, there's a limit to what users will tolerate. A system that is too insecure would not work. But the virus threat needs to be real to discourage piracy.

Ultimately, users do care about an OS with lots of software available. Many users will put up with some security threats to get that.

1 comment:

mark said...

No one ever said that users were smart. Nothing is made to stand the test of time any more it seems. Linux, as far as software goes, is one of the best you can get at a good price. If price is not a concern then Unix would be the better choice.