Analysts at Butler Group, Europe's leading IT research and advisory organization, give their viewpoint of what lies ahead and what can be expected to unfold in 2007.

During 2007 expect the "Microsoft effect" on the security marketplace to be significant. At the moment there is something of a phony war going on between Microsoft and leading security vendors such as McAfee and Symantec over Microsoft's Kernel management approach to the 64-bit version of Vista. Other security organizations such as Aladdin and Sophos believe that Microsoft is right to take this one-time opportunity to adequately protect its core. This and other incursions into the security arena will keep Microsoft in the security limelight.

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