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Symantec declares war on Vole

Fight them in the britches
Tue May 09 2006, 16:00
SECURITY outfit Symantec is not worried about Microsoft wandering into its patch with all that firewall and anti-spyware connected to its Vista operating system.

According to its boss John Thompson, Symantec will plough money into research and development and out-innovate the Vole.

Speaking to ZD Net, Thompson said that Symantec knew more about security than Microsoft ever will.

It is a risky strategy and almost identical to one adopted by IBM with its OS2Warp and Netscape with its browser. Who could forget the technically superior office products that were out there, before they were torn apart by Volish claws?

While the security industry initially played down Microsoft's entry into its market, it is clear that some of them are starting to hear the hob-nailed boots of approaching Voles stamping on their bottom lines [Eh? Ed]

Thompson clearly feels that it is time for a few bullish remarks to rally the troops. He said that competition with Microsoft was inevitable, given the way the tom-toms are beating at the moment and it was not a "foregone conclusion" the Microsoft would "win" in the security marketplace. µ

ZD Net


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