Microsoft’s secure move

By : |June 11, 2003 0

SEATTLE: Microsoft Corp. will acquire anti-virus technology from GeCAD Software Srl., a Romanian software company, to develop its own software to protect users against malicious software programs. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said it had signed an agreement to buy the intellectual property and technology of Bucharest-based GeCAD for an undisclosed amount.

Microsoft, whose Windows operating system is a favorite target for computer viruses, launched a company-wide “Trustworthy Computing” campaign in early 2002 to boost the security and reliability of its software.

Microsoft said that it plans to introduce an antivirus product in the future, a market that it has largely left in the hands of security software makers such as Symantec Corp. and Network Associates Inc. Symantec is best known for its Norton antivirus and firewall products while Network Associates develops and sells McAfee security software.

“Details of the Microsoft anti-virus solution, including product plans, pricing and a timeline for delivery, are not yet available,” Microsoft said. “Microsoft strongly recommends that customers use anti-virus solutions that are currently available from multiple suppliers, and that customers keep their virus signatures updated.”

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