Will Windows 8 Have Built-in Antivirus Software?

In what could be termed as a pretty serious threat to the consumer antivirus market, Microsoft is reportedly planning to roll out their forthcoming operating system software Windows 8 with a built in antivirus protection shield.

According to a ZDNet report, the Windows maker is planning to deploy the anti malware functionalities of its Microsoft Security Essential (MSE) in the Windows Defender - the anti spyware component which has been turned into a default feature in the company’s OS platforms ever since the launch of Vista.

Microsoft is yet to confirm these reports. However, if its true, the move could spark a massive controversy between the company and the entire antivirus industry. According to experts, it could even see antivirus makers individually or collaboratively file antitrust suite(s) against the Redmond based software behemoth.

"Anything which encourages Joe User to run up-to-date anti-virus software has to be a positive thing. There are too many poorly protected home computers out there, which have been commandeered into botnets," Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at antivirus vendor Sophos says.

"If most budget-conscious home users stick with Microsoft's built-in offering, then surely the first thing the bad guys will do is make sure their latest creation can slip past Microsoft's scanner," he added.