Microsoft to acquire antivirus company


— 11:18 PM on June 10, 2003

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 statement:

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.
 
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