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Paul's Picks - 22 Feb 2005

Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware Beta 1
Contact: Microsoft * 800-426-9400
Web: http://www.microsoft.com
Summary
Pros: Best antispyware package available
Cons: Doesn't find all the malware on your system; can't be centrally administered or deployed
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommendation:
If you're looking for the best antispyware solution for your home, home office, or small business, this is it, although Microsoft still hadn't determined the final product's licensing and pricing at press time. Midsized and enterprise businesses will need to wait for Microsoft's enterprise-oriented antispyware package, which I expect to see by late 2005.
Full Review: http://www.itprotoday.com/article/reviews/microsoft-windows-anti-spyware.aspx

Windows XP Starter Edition
Contact: Microsoft * 800-426-9400
Web: http://www.microsoft.com
Summary
Pros: Windows compatibility; simpler interface; fully localized for the markets it targets
Cons: Not an enterprise product; has serious technical limitations
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommendation:
Windows XP Starter Edition is targeted to specific emerging markets, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, and Thailand. Although not designed for businesses, XP Starter Edition is still interesting because it will expose untold millions of computer neophytes to Windows for the first time, opening up new employment possibilities and ushering in new markets that vendors can target with applications and services. Clearly designed to head off Linux and piracy in its targeted markets, XP Starter Edition's simple and completely localized UI will likely win over many converts.
Full Review: http://www.itprotoday.com/article/showcase/windows-xp-starter-edition.aspx

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