Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Hotmail moves to Trend Micro for antivirus

The email service, with 187 million users worldwide, is to move away from McAfee to Trend Micro for its antivirus scanning and protection...

MSN's Hotmail service, which has almost 200 million users worldwide, has dumped McAfee as its antivirus partner in favour of rival Trend Micro.

According to Microsoft, emails and attachments sent or received by any of Hotmail's 187 million Web mail customers will from Monday be scanned and cleaned in real time by Trend Micro's antivirus software.Hotmail's antivirus service was previously provided by McAfee and the reason for the change is unclear. However, Martin Hoffman, chief executive of ninemsn, which operates Hotmail in Australia and is half owned by Microsoft, said in a statement that Hotmail will be able to provide a "safer online experience" using Trend Micro's products because they provide "deeper antivirus protection".

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