February 7, 2005 3:40 PM PST
Symantec to roll out Veritas integration plans
Symantec CEO John Thompson, a lunch speaker at the Thomas Weisel Partners technology investment conference, outlined the timing of the Veritas integration plans and took a jab at rival Microsoft's anti-spyware plans.Symantec, which expects to close its $13.5 billion merger in late April or early May, plans next week to begin disclosing who will lead each of the company's operational units. Such announcements are expected to continue through mid-March, Thompson said. As Symantec and the security industry ramp up for the RSA security conference next week, Thompson said he is hoping Microsoft will provide details of its anti-spyware product. Microsoft, which last month released a beta version of its anti-spyware application has not yet announced whether it will be a stand-alone product or part of its Windows software. The software giant also has not said when the full version will be released. "It's very challenging to compete against a ghost," Thompson said. "So far, all we?re competing against is the Microsoft press machine."
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