Symantec sues Microsoft to halt Windows Vista development

“Symantec has asked a US court to order a halt to the development of Windows Vista, claiming that its rival is wrongfully incorporating Veritas storage technology into its OS. Symantec sued Microsoft on Thursday, seeking unspecified damages and asking the court to remove Symantec’s storage technology from a variety of Microsoft products, including Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and the upcoming Vista and ‘Longhorn’ Windows Server products. ‘We’re asking them to remove the technology, because it belongs to us,’ a Symantec spokesman said. The dispute centres around an August 1996 agreement between the two companies that granted Microsoft the right to use Veritas Software’s volume-management technology in Windows product. Symantec purchased Veritas in a $10.2 billion acquisition that closed last year. Symantec claims that Microsoft misappropriated its technology and even tricked the US Patent and Trademark Office into granting Microsoft patents based on Symantec intellectual property,” Robert McMillan reports for Macworld UK.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Halting the development of Vista needs a lawsuit? We thought that was an intrinsic attribute of “Vista development.” Anyway, Symantec is basically a parasite that’s very dependent of Windows’ inherent insecurity. Now that Mafiasoft has muscled in on their turf with an annual protection fee for Windows sufferers, Symantec probably sees the end of the line for the reciprocating gravy train known by the misnomer “Windows Security.” Why anyone would pay Mafiasoft to “secure” Windows is a good question, but Symantec is right to be worried. People buy Windows, they’ll buy Windows “security” subscriptions from Mafiasoft.

Before recently trying to butter up Mac users, Symantec tried to ratchet up FUD about Mac security and, because of that, we believe that Mac users should not purchase Symantec products. Otherwise, the spectacle of two horrid companies suing each other over an issue that’s basically nonexistent for Mac users cheers us greatly. One suggestion (although shareholders might not like it): before they shutter the doors for good, wouldn’t it be more productive if Symantec just sold the company and gave the money to charity rather than to the lawyers?

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41 Comments

  1. Geez…..this sounds really familiar.

    Doctor please take the TARDIS back to 1992 and tell us what happened…

    Microsoft stole Stacker;s data storage technology. Called doublespace in DOS 6.0. Got away with it. Stacker went the way of the dinosoaur.

    Doctor please take the TARDIS to 2007….

    Microsoft steals Veritas. Makes it part of Vista. Gets away with it. Symantec selling office furniture.

    What is so difficult to believe here. This is M$ S.O.P.

  2. “Geez…..this sounds really familiar.

    Doctor please take the TARDIS back to 1992 and tell us what happened…

    Microsoft stole Stacker;s data storage technology. Called doublespace in DOS 6.0. Got away with it. Stacker went the way of the dinosoaur.

    Doctor please take the TARDIS to 2007….

    Microsoft steals Veritas. Makes it part of Vista. Gets away with it. Symantec selling office furniture.

    What is so difficult to believe here. This is M$ S.O.P.”

    Hence…a lawsuit.

  3. FreeSpeech >And I beleive Mac users should not buy Microsoft, Symantec, Creative or Shirt Pocket products either.>

    Shirt Pocket’s SuperDuper is great.

    Should I spell that graet? beleive? Yuk yuk. Collidge wuz guud.

  4. Wait, wait, wait here. Hold on a mo!

    Are you telling me that Symantec is accusing Microsoft of MISAPPROPRIATING its ideas and incorporating them into its software, and then trying to claim they were really Microsoft’s ideas?

    Well, call me a Johnny-come-lately, but that just doesn’t sound like something that those fine folks at Microsoft would do, does it?

    I mean, just after Billy comes home from work, darns his socks, kisses his adorable little miniature poodle on the head, tucks in his kids after reading them bed-time stories and puts a hot cup of cocoa in front of his wife, I’m sure the last thing on his mind is megalomaniacal world domination!

    And good old Stevie Ballmer? I mean, sure, he might tape a “Kik Me” sign to your back once in a while (Stevie never was very good in spelling), or he might urinate in your coffee as a prank, but Stevie would never do anything “anti-competitive” would he?

    Man, can you believe the nerve of some people? Next thing, you’ll tell me that Thomas Jefferson owned slaves or that Isaac Newton was a prick. And then we’ll really be in for a challenge to fisticuffs, I’m afraid.

    Pish posh to this lawsuit.

  5. Ray,
    IIRC Stacker sued M$ about Doublespace. MS lost ths lawsuit. It was the first major loss in M$’s policy of utilizing technology which was not rightfully theirs.
    Still, M$ developed an in house method of doing the same thing “well enough” and it handled virtually all “zipped” files and such while coming “free” as part of the operating system.
    Thus Stacker might really have been one of the first companies to be “Netscaped”.

  6. “we believe that Mac users should not purchase Symantec products”

    And yet the word “Symantec” in your article contains an advertisement to purchase Symantec PC Anywhere. Like a televangelist, you won’t let your “beliefs” get in the way of making a buck.

  7. Free Speech said, “And I beleive Mac users should not buy Microsoft, Symantec, Creative or Shirt Pocket products either.”

    I understand the first three but why Shirt Pocket? I don’t know a lot about the company but I’ve seen good reviews on their software. Care to elaborate?

  8. OMG! Did you hear the news? Micro$oft is using someone else’s ideas and technology. This is news?! They have been doing this since the 80s. Word was not the first document program. Exc el was not the first spreadsheet. There is nothing innovative about Micro$oft.

    Apple is the anti-Micro$oft. Apple is all about innovation. They have been on the leading edge of computing since the beginning.

    This is the reason Micro$oft gets bashed here. Because they are sharks. And nobody here appreciates their way of doing business.

    Glad to see Symantec take them on and I hope they stall Vista for another couple years. More marketshare for Apple!

  9. Maybe Microsoft owes Symantec a favor.

    This way MS can slip Vista again–which pundits say is going to happen anyway–and not be blamed by the public and Wall Street.

    Honestly, I bet this news made Bill Gates’ day.

    And MDN, I echo the other comments here. Get rid of the advertisements in the text. They really stink.

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