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Thursday, 09 September 2010 08:14

Microsoft might buy Symantec

Written by Nick Farell
microsoft

Everyone wants a virus checker
The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hellish yarn which claims that Microsoft's Steve “Sounds of Silence” Ballmer is about to buy Symantec. Shares in the security outfit rocketed yesterday on the back of news that Steve was about to open his vast pocket book and write a cheque.

It all started when Jefferies & Co. analyst Katherine Egbert stated in a Tuesday research report that the company could be worth $19-$20 a share to a buyer. She stated that a deal for the company was unlikely but added that investors could push the company to make high-level management changes.

Quite how this turned into “Microsoft is going to buy the company” is anyone's guess. The suggestion that now Intel has bought McAffee it is open season on security companies does not really work out.

Symantec is just pulling itself out of a marsh caused by the fact that its products had gained a reputation for slowing computers down. Its latest versions are a bit quicker, but it is facing a lot of inertia towards it. The last thing that Microsoft would want to be associated with is product that has a reputation for being slow.

Redmond already has Microsoft Security Essentials which it is giving away, and it is not that bad. Certainly worth the price.

Nick Farell

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-2 #1 The_Wolf88 2010-09-09 17:21
WTF !!!

Free Norton for everyone !! :lol:
 
 
+5 #2 thetruth 2010-09-09 18:30
Quoting The_Wolf88:
WTF !!!

Free Norton for everyone !! :lol:


If it's included in Windows 8, expect it to be known as Windows ME2. It will be slow, will crash occasionally, and will conflict with everything.
 
 
+3 #3 Jurassic1024 2010-09-09 23:26
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+1 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-10 04:19
They bought RAV back in... 2004?... from Romanian company GeCAD. Lot of good did they do with it, I can barely feel... nothing as even close to safe. And then they went on a buying spree of security companies like there was no tomorrow.

I'm guessing the master plan here is to buy out all the AV companies and then tell the world+dog+pigeo n how safe Windows is since all AV companies seized to exist. /joke
 

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