Microsoft will make its first venture into anti-spyware, anti-pop-up and antispam tools when it acquires Giant Company Software, who specialise in this software market. Microsoft said that it will be using tools based on Giant's products to help protect Windows from the problems of spyware, spam and pop-ups.

"A beta version of a tool based on Giant's anti-spyware product will be available to Windows customers within one month, according to a statement from Microsoft."

Security is a serious consideration for Microsoft and IE - not least because of the vast number of security flaws which have been found and continue to be found in this browser. Microsoft plans to turn this around and make IE (and Windows as a whole) more secure with these kinds of technologies.