Dr Solomon's is offering IBM antivirus customers free upgrades to its antivirus products, following IBM's announcement of a deal with Symantec (see PC Week, 26 May).
IBM is retiring its antivirus range in favour of integrating the technology with Symantec's products, which IBM will recommend to its antivirus users.
Existing users of IBM's antivirus range will also have their remaining licence period, up to May 1999, honoured under the Dr Solomon's offer.
Dr Solomon's claims that users of IBM's OS/2 antivirus product will be badly served by IBM's deal, as Symantec does not currently have an OS/2 version of its software.
"We do not believe that IBM customers should be forced to transfer to Symantec's products without having a choice," said Geoff Leary, CEO of Dr Solomon's. "Existing IBM customers have been left in a very difficult situation, unless they take action very soon. We do not think that this is an acceptable situation."
In addition, Dr Solomon's will give users of the retail version of IBM's antivirus products an upgrade path to its products, though full details have not yet been disclosed.
Dr Solomon's 01296 318700.
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