X

Gates on Windows' future: More

In speaking with CNET News.com, Microsoft's co-founder says "superimportant" software--antivirus?--would wind up in its OS.

Charles Cooper Former Executive Editor / News
Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CBSNews.com, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.
Charles Cooper

In an interview with CNET News.com, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates strongly hinted that antivirus technology would wind up in future versions of the company's Windows operating system. If it happens, it would follow the pattern Microsoft established years ago. But might it also raise eyebrows in Washington, D.C.? Stay tuned.

"People used to buy TCP/IP stacks. People used to buy basic backup software. People used to buy fonts. At least nominally, people paid for browsers...When you come into the world of software, you know that if you are up at a higher level and you have something superimportant, it's going to move down, down, down and eventually be part of every copy of the operating system if it is something superimportant." To read the full interview, click here.