Microsoft Revamps, Rebrands Sybari Anti-Virus

Another foolish move by MS as they opted to drop support for Unix and Linux platforms after the purchase of the antivirus company, Sybari Software Inc. At the very least, they could have turned it into a revenue generator.

Less than a year after its acquisition of enterprise anti-virus vendor Sybari Software Inc., Microsoft Corp. is revamping and rebranding the flagship Antigen product line.

The product will now assume the Microsoft name and a new virus scan engine that was internally developed at Redmond using technology acquired from GeCAD Software Srl.

The Antigen line gives customers a choice of as many as seven anti-virus scanning engines from third-party vendors Network Associates Inc., Norman Data Defense Systems, Sophos Inc., Computer Associates International Inc. and Kaspersky Lab.

The Antigen makeover was announced by Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer during a powwow with business partners in Munich, Germany.[Read the rest]