Microsoft to acquire antivirus company
Today, Microsoft announced its intent to
acquire Romanian antivirus technology developer GeCAD Software. The
deal, whose terms were not disclosed, will give Microsoft access to GeCAD's
software and intellectual property, although Microsoft does not intend
to continue developing the company's products. Said Microsoft, in a
In addition to developing new solutions, Microsoft will use
the GeCAD engineering expertise and technology to enhance the Windows
platform and extend support for third-party anti-virus vendors so they
can provide customers with increasingly secure and comprehensive levels
of virus protection.
Additional information in this article
suggests that Microsoft is looking to GeCad for its intellectual
property. Microsoft plans to retain some of GeCAD's staff to work
on what Microsoft calls an extension of its "Trustworthy Computing" initiative.