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Microsoft Bidding for Symantec?

Reports abound that Microsoft may be taking a look at Symantec, prompted by Intel’s deal to buy McAfee. The rumors stem from analyst Katherine Eggbert’s statement that “without a strategic sale or break-up near-term, a high-level management change may perhaps be the next step demanded by anxious shareholders.”

In a variety of ways, this one doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and seems like a misfit for Microsoft. With a market value of more than $11 billion, Symantec would qualify as the largest acquisition in the Redmond company’s history — eclipsing the $6 billion aQuantive purchase — even before tacking on any acquisition premium.

But then again, maybe Microsoft does want to buy Symantec and then integrate their consumer apps into Security Essentials and their corporate products into Forefront.


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