Microsoft to buy Sybari Software

Wednesday, 9 February 2005, 12:20 PM EST

Microsoft said Tuesday that it plans to buy Sybari Software, a New York company that makes products to protect business computer systems from Internet threats, including viruses and spam.

The move is the latest by the world's largest software maker to boost the security of its Windows operating system, the software targeted in most Internet attacks. It also is a direct challenge to anti-virus software providers in Silicon Valley, such as Symantec and McAfee, that traditionally have sold the software to protect Windows users.

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