Microsoft to buy NAI?

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Jun 22, 2004

Rumours abound. NAI CEO denies them.

Tech news website CRN reports that AV vendor Network Associates is up for sale, and that Microsoft is the likely lucky new owner.

Although no announcement has been made by the Network Associates (NAI) - which recently sold its Sniffer technologies and revealed plans to rebrand as McAfee Associates - CRN reports that both Wall Street sources and NAI channel partners have indicated the company's for-sale status.

Network Associates executives have declined to comment.

Only last week Microsoft reaffirmed its intention to deliver an anti-virus product. Speculation is rife that the purchase of NAI would place Microsoft in an ideal position to compete alongside the major AV vendors in the market - and that various recent activities within NAI indicate the company has been 'grooming' itself for the potential acquisition.

The full story can be found here.

23 June 2004: NAI Chairman and CEO George Samenuk is reported by The Register to have sent an email to all staff in the company, stating 'there is no truth to this rumour'. Read more about the email here.

Posted on 22 June 2004 by Virus Bulletin

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