Microsoft is to acquire antivirus technology from GeCAD Software, a small Romanian company.
GeCAD makes RAV Antivirus, a family of security products which includes antivirus, antispam and content filtering technology for service providers, enterprises and home users.
Microsoft will use the GeCAD technology to provide antivirus "solutions" for Microsoft products and services, and GeCAD engineers will help Microsoft open the Windows platform for closer integration with other antivirus software companies.
While Microsoft did not provide a timeline or pricing information for the "solutions" it will be developing, it did say that GeCAD technology would be used to help keep Windows users up to date with virus signatures and to develop a new generation of antivirus tools for "evolving threat models".
Microsoft believed the acquisition of GeCAD would help it and its partners reduce the risks of viruses and malicious code.
With its products and operating systems the frequent target of virus writers, Microsoft is devoting an increasing amount of attention to antivirus technology in recent months.
In May, the company joined with antivirus suppliers Network Associates and Trend Micro to form the Virus Information Alliance in an effort to keep users better informed about virus threats to Microsoft products.
Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service