Pender's Blog

Blog archive

September RCP: Aux Armes, Microsoft and Symantec!

There was a time, of course, when Microsoft couldn't do without vendors like Symantec (and maybe it still can't -- but that remains to be seen). Big security players were the cops who kept Windows from looking like some dark, dangerous, back-alley operating system and held most -- if definitely not all -- of the attacks that threatened various versions of the OS at bay. Windows needed security, and Symantec and friends happily -- and profitably -- provided it. And they still do.

But if there are three things that are inevitable in life, they are these: death, taxes and Microsoft invading its partners' markets. It's Symantec's turn now, as Redmond has launched its Forefront suite in an attempt to unseat the leader in enterprise endpoint security. From now on, these old friends will also be rivals, taking up arms like two great empires preparing for battle -- while still collaborating to stave off threats to Windows.

Partners, of course, are caught in the middle of this impending war -- and profitably so, if they play both sides well enough. In this month's RCP, we use plenty of historical allusions to describe the battle between Microsoft and Symantec and how it will affect both companies' partners.

And here's a little teaser to get you to click the link -- an excerpt from an exclusive interview with Symantec CEO John Thompson, who weaves a subtle tapestry of words in his description of Forefront (just in case you doubted the presence of rancor in this new-world relationship):

"When the hype settles down, people have to settle into the pragmatic reality, which is that [Microsoft's] product sucks."

Oh, it's on now!

What's your take on Microsoft Forefront and Symantec? Sound off at [email protected].

Posted by Lee Pender on September 07, 2007 at 11:54 AM


Featured

  • The 2022 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    Microsoft has a lot in the docket for 2022, including new products like SQL Server 2022, Exchange Subscription Edition and Visual Studio 2022 for Mac.

  • Microsoft Releases Entra Verified ID Service

    Microsoft announced on Monday the "general availability" of Microsoft Entra Verified ID, a new service that promises a more deliberate way for individuals and organizations to share identity information.

  • 2022 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss.

  • Microsoft Muddies Water with Microsoft 365 Services and Office Connection

    Microsoft has gone out of its way to making the Office 2016 and Office 2019 connections to Microsoft 365 services unclear and confusing.