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Symantec Snaps Up Altiris

I am an unabashed fan of Windows third parties. These companies plug holes in Microsoft tools, make it easier to use and manage, and add features Redmond either hasn't thought of or hasn't been able to build.

I have mixed feelings about the news that Altiris is being acquired by Symantec. Sometimes, when a smaller company is swallowed by a larger one, a certain spark is lost. And the circle of Windows third parties certainly shrinks by one.

But I understand that entrepreneurs usually build companies so they can go public (fat chance these days) or get sold. So congrats, Altiris!

The Altiris deal ain't exactly small potatoes. Symantec is expected to pay some $830 million.

Posted by Doug Barney on January 30, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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