Yes, that’s Fark‘s headline for this story, and I wanted to say “Don’t you think that’s overreacting?”, but the more I read, the more I agree.

CNN.com – Microsoft may charge extra for security software

WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft Corp. disclosed plans Thursday to offer frustrated users of its Windows software new tools within 30 days to remove spyware programs secretly running on computers. But it might cost extra in coming months.

In a shift from past practice, the world’s largest software manufacturer said it may charge consumers for future versions of the new protective technology, which Microsoft acquired by buying a small New York software firm.

…Microsoft’s tool, expected to be available within 30 days, initially will be free but the company isn’t ruling out charging for future versions. “We’re going to be working through the issue of pricing and licensing,” Nash said. “We’ll come up with a plan and roll that out.”

Linux developers, get ready. Your window of opportunity (so to speak) is imminent.

LATER: What do you mean, we don’t actually own the software? We bought the company!

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