Microsoft Corp., a regular target for software attacks and viruses, is hoping to strike back with a weapon of its own. Microsoft is acquiring antivirus technology from a Romanian software company and plans to develop its own antivirus product, Microsoft said June 10.

The news could have significant implications for schools and colleges. For one thing, if Microsoft bundles internet security products with Windows, the market for stand-alone brands could dry up, seriously threatening the future of those independent firms that offer internet security products now.

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