Symc is done for a while. Msft will easily be able to fly in and take a substantial share of symc's security business. For the next year at least symc will have to primarily concern themselves with integrating vrts. Security is where it's at. Not the infrastructure market. Stock will trade between $20-$25 for the remainder of the year if it is lucky.
MSFT has made a business of making crappy software and developing ways to jam it down some peoples throats through bundling etc - that is why they never make a better product - they use their leverage as a crutch to sell the software - that is why almost any quality software company can compete successfully against MSFT - and conversely the fact that MSFT makes junky software and sells it with leverage is precisely the reason that all of the other companies can be so successful
MSFT is like a fancy savings account. Won't make you 15% but won't cause you to lose money either. At this moment in time I would buy msft over symc. But that doesn't mean I would buy msft in and of itself. I prefer high yielding stocks.