Symantec Corp. is slipping on its target delivery time for the next major upgrade of its security product for enterprises, code-named Hamlet, while it irons out final code wrinkles during beta testing. In May 2006, Symantec CEO John Thompson said Hamlet would be released between January and March of this year. But the product is one of Symantec's biggest releases, incorporating technology from several of Symantec's acquisitions into one piece of code, so more testing is being done.
The company, which holds the highest market share of any security software maker, is deploying Hamlet internally as well as among a limited set of beta customers for testing, said Mathew Lodge, director of product marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, on Wednesday. "The trials are very important to us, and we feel it's important that we get through those and ensure it is very solid," Lodge said.