How many companies have nosedived into the dirt because the CEO didn't understand the business he was in and got rid of the very people who made it all work?
I don't have insider knowledge that this is what happened for sure, but Symantec sure seems to fit that diagnosis. It went from producing superb software to spewing amazingly, enfuriatingly BAD software.
Symantec has always been a problematic company. Every revision of everything they’ve ever bought got a little worse until it became unusable. Norton utilities crossed that line in 2000 or so, used to be I wouldn’t even think about running a machine without Norton, but every version after Symantec bought them was a little more of a pig and a little less useful, until finally it became worthless.
Symantec still owes me money for the rebate they cheated me out of and the update subscription they cut short on me.
They will never get another penny from me.