In June, Microsoft is expected to launch Windows OneCare Live, which is the company's long-anticipated entry into the consumer antivirus space. The company plans to charge $49.95 a year to shield up to three PCs against viruses, spyware and other cyberthreats. However, although Microsoft's late entry into the security application market does pose a threat to McAfee's business, company president Kevin Weiss told ZDNet Australia last week that security requires dedication and specialization.
"Security is hard--we have been doing this for 15 years. We have over 10 patents that are focused right at security. We think we have a pretty significant lead in what we are doing. Security is not something you do part-time," Weiss said.