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Will Kaspersky Lab be acquired by Microsoft Corp.?

The normally very well-informed anti-malware branch insider Bill Guttman told me past week he had (not confirmed) information that Microsoft Corp. would be interested in acquirement of the Russian security software vendor Kaspersky Lab.

It is no secret that Microsoft H.Q. isn’t happy with the negative resonance of the Windows user on products like e.g. Windows OneCare and Windows Defender, and that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is determined to go new directions with the Windows Vista successor Windows 7.

Like Vista, security is a main issue in Windows 7 development and it is the intention of Microsoft to revamp the Security Center in Windows 7 thorough. Part of the plans is to rebuild it on modular base with the components antivirus, HIPS, antispyware and firewall. It seem to be the intention too that development of the new Windows 7 Security Center will be performed by Kaspersky Lab for reason of it’s know-how and excellent security products.

Amount that will be paid for the (possible) Kaspersky Lab acquirement is not known but seem to be considerable. Not known too is what will happen with the antivirus products running with a Kaspersky engine if Microsoft succeed with it’s efforts to acquire Kaspersky Lab.

Of course i have tried to become confirmation about what Bill Guttman told me, but (as expected) both involved companies reacted with the usual: “no comment”.

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March 31, 2008 - Posted by | Friends, Malware, News, Recommended External Security Related Links, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. You have been awarded this shovel for Smoking out these juicy bits.

    Comment by Ranger Tim | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  2. Sollte ich meinen Kaspersky Vorrat verkaufen?

    Comment by A. Merkel | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  3. April 1, 2008 | April Fools’ Day

    Ladies and gents, thanks for your overwhelming interest in this blog. Your professional comments on various forums is highly appreciated!

    See you!

    Smokey

    Comment by Smokey | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  4. But there is still time to invest in the joint-venture before the market closes today.

    http://www.smokey-services.eu/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2670

    Comment by The Flying Dutchman | April 1, 2008 | Reply


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