The Windows operating system is “good enough” to compete with Google’s browser on a number of fronts, including malware detection, antivirus and phishing protection, Microsoft chief technology officer Scott Guthrie said Tuesday.
Guthrie, speaking at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, said Windows 10, which is the current version of the company’s operating system, is “really good for business” and is “on par with what we saw on Macs.”
Gothrie, who took the stage to deliver the keynote address, also addressed the upcoming debut of Microsoft’s new HoloLens augmented reality headset, which could be an early test of the device.
While HoloLens is being developed as a virtual reality headset by Microsoft, Guthrie suggested the device could be a potential alternative to augmented reality for the consumer market.
Microsoft is working on a HoloLens headset that uses a combination of 3D technology and computer vision to project virtual images onto the user’s eyes.
The company’s headset, however, has yet to ship.
When asked if the company plans to release a HoloLens headset, Guthries answer was unequivocal: “We’re on it.”
Guthries comments came after Microsoft and Symantec announced that they would be launching a new suite of antivirus software, codenamed Project Shield, in partnership with Microsoft’s security firm.
The partnership will allow Microsoft customers to use Microsoft’s free antivirus product to protect their Windows machines, according to a Microsoft blog post.
Project Shield, which will also include Microsoft’s Windows Defender antivirus security software, is available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs.
It is available in the Microsoft Store for $14.99 per month.
The Microsoft Shield antivirus suite has been around for years, and Guthrie confirmed that Microsoft is developing it into a full-fledged software suite for Windows 10.
“We are taking our customers’ security needs into our own hands and creating a suite of Windows 10 software to provide customers with more protection and greater protection,” Guthrie wrote.
Microsoft will be rolling out Project Shield alongside a suite that includes a suite called Defender Advanced Threat Protection, which offers a suite-level protection against threats to Windows.
The partnership with Symantech, which includes several other well-known companies including Cisco Systems, is expected to provide a boost to Microsoft’s efforts to protect consumers from ransomware attacks.
In March, Symantetech reported that it had detected a massive increase in ransomware infections, and that the ransomware attacks were increasingly being launched by botnets.
Microsoft’s Guthrie also acknowledged that Windows 10’s security features could be used to protect businesses, and warned that it would be important for companies to understand how to properly protect their devices against malware.
“[I]f you’re a big company and have a lot of employees, and you’re working on the cloud and you have some of your systems at home and you want to protect those systems, then you might want to make sure you’ve got a little bit of software for your systems that allows you to do that,” he said.