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Security-conscious consumers are in the habit of regularly updating their antivirus software; this will soon be unnecessary -- this, at least, is the promise of both Microsoft and Google; the two companies' new operating systems will include built-in, continuously updated defenses against viruses and malware
Paul Marks writes, however, that the practice of spending money on software to prevent that happening may soon be obsolete as a carefree antivirus age beckons. This, at least is what Google and Microsoft would have you believe. Last week, Google announced plans to launch a computer operating system in mid-2010 based on its Chrome web browser, directly challenging Microsoft's hold on the market. Google Chrome OS is intended for people "who live on the web" and who are happy to run remote software located on servers in Google's Internet data centers -- or "in the cloud" as it is known -- rather than have all the software downloaded onto their computer. It will be based on a version of the free, open-source Linux operating system.