Microsoft Anti-Spyware Announcement

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Jason J. Joyce [MSFT]

Last week, Microsoft announced that we have acquired GIANT Company Software
Inc., a New York-based company that develops anti-spyware and Internet
security products. The goal of this strategic investment is to help our
customers keep spyware off of their computers with new solutions that they
can use in the near future. It also provides us with a solid foundation for
delivering new long-term solutions.

In order to help protect customers as soon as possible, we plan to roll out
a beta offering of a new spyware prevention, detection, and removal solution
based on Giant's technology within the next month.

The solution, which will be available for Windows 2000 and later operating
systems, will enable customers to decide whether to block, find and remove
spyware and other unwanted software from their PCs. Together with the
security technologies in Windows XP Service Pack 2 that improve the security
of browsing, this solution will offer a higher level of protection for
customers on the Internet.

We are also tackling the spyware issue in other ways, including consumer
guidance & engagement, industry collaboration and cooperation with
legislators & law enforcement.

This acquisition reflects Microsoft's deep commitment to security. We intend
to continue investing in solutions to help protect customers against all
types of malicious software, not just spyware.

Details on timing and terms of product availability for our new anti-spyware
offerings are yet to be determined. It will be available for Windows 2000
and later operating systems.

Microsoft has posted more information on our efforts to combat spyware on:

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