AVG steps into the Lion's Den with a Vista marketing/support deal

I was intrigued to hear that Grisoft, the company behind the rather excellent AVG anti-virus software - which is available in both free and paid-for flavours - is the first to sign a marketing deal with Microsoft for its new Vista operating system.

The deal means that AVG will be promoted on the main page of Vista's support site, which will allow punters to directly download a copy of the anti-virus and security software from within Vista.

Nice one Grisoft - I imagine that Symantec and McAfee are grinding their teeth with anger over the deal.

As you might have guessed, Grisoft is making AVG Vista-compliant - which perhaps explains why it is about to withdraw support for older versions of AVG and so encourage punters to upgrade to v7.5, which is Vista-compatible.

Of course, it remains to be seen how many punters actually upgrade to Vista on the beta test program. Myself, I think I'll await for v1.1 of the Gold code edition early next year...