From Intel's website
| Intel Completes Acquisition of McAfee |
"Intel and McAfee plan to bring the first fruits of their strategic partnership to market later this year, with the intent of tackling security and the pervasive nature of computing threats in an entirely new way..
In the past, energy-efficient performance and Internet connectivity have defined computing requirements," James said in a statement. "Intel has added security as a third pillar of what people demand from their experiences with personal computers and other connected devices. Security challenges put the future potential of computing at risk. The acquisition of McAfee adds not only world-leading security products and technologies to Intel's computing portfolio, but also brings incredibly talented people focused on delivering products and services that help make connecting to the mobile Internet safer and more secure
As an IT Administrator for a company that uses McAfee, i feel a lot better knowing that McAfee is now even stronger as it is backed by Intel.
Some predict that the combination of Intel's hardware and McAfee's antivirus software will bring forth a new race for security that is hardware embedded. This would definitely bring another layer ot protection for devices that is not limited to comptuers but mobile phones, and other internet enabled gadgets as well.
Also, some say that Intel's move to buy McAfee is due to Intel's idea of partnering with the secuirty firm that was among the first to detect and help alleviate the effects of "Operation Aurora". Operation Aurora is a worldwide incident where massive hacking and intrusion attempts (most said to originate from China) were done against top online services providers like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and even antivirus-security vendors. More info on operation aurora here Operation Aurora - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia