In the story Symantec's senior director, product management Gerry Egan doesn't have much good to say about the security improvements in Windows 8 vs Windows 7, something Microsoft has been promoting. He says it is partially true that Windows 8 is more secure, but that under the covers the operating system is a traditional Windows desktop that is vulnerable to the same type of malicious code.
He says it remains to be seen what new attack vectors the operating system provides to attackers and what defenses Microsoft and third parties will come up with in response.
Windows 7 finally tops XP on desktops
With just seven weeks before Windows 8 ships, Windows 7 is finally the dominant desktop operating system, according to a measurement by NetMarketshare. Together the two account for 85.3% of desktops, NetMarketshare says.
Windows 7 launched in 2008 and is popular and stable. But if it has had this much trouble unseating XP, which has been around since 2001, then Windows 8 is likely to be in for a challenge, too. Windows 8 is different in that it is better suited to tablets than the other two, so may have some advantages in that it may grow in popularity as a tablet platform without having to displace another operating system. The problem is that the tablet market is dominated by iOS and Android devices that have a combined share of 86.8%.
Windows 8 launches Oct. 26.
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