Symantec won’t make anti-trust complaint against Microsoft

Symantec has no intention of running to the regulators about Microsoft’s entry into the security software market.

Symantec has no intention of running to the regulators about Microsoft’s entry into the security software market.

Last week it was reported that Symantec had been helping the European Commission in an investigation into the security software market. The investigation was believed to include Microsoft’s future role in the market once a number of its planned products come on stream in 2006.

But at a US event this week Symantec chief executive John Thompson said the company had not made any official complaint against Microsoft to the Commission and did not intend to.

He said his company would concentrate on competing against Microsoft’s planned anti-virus and anti-spam solutions, rather than approaching the Commission or the US Department of Justice about the way those products would be bundled with the dominant Windows operating system.

The bundling of the products with Windows will give Microsoft an advantage when it comes to customer reach.

The Commission has so far not made a decision as to whether this advantage warrants any anti-trust action on its part, and it not clear whether any other security software companies will make formal complaints about the matter.

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