Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Microsoft Kills OneCare and Offers It's Replacement For Free

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After two years of offering OneCare, the security suite and capturing a tiny portion of the security software market, Microsoft has announced that they are pulling the plug on OneCare on June 30, 2009 to replace it with an anti-malware program code named Morrow in the second half of 2009.

Morrow is being promoted as a lightweight alternative to other security suites offered by Symantec or MacAfee. Morrow is targeted at people who have underpowered PC's or who are bandwidth impaired. Many more are expected to be attracted to Morrow because of the price that Microsoft has set for it, Free.

There have been free lightweight Anti-Virus programs such as AVG and Avast around for years, but Microsoft's Morrow will be the first from software maker that every computer user knows.

Microsoft isn't expected to bundle Morrow with the upcoming Windows 7 but the other makers of security software are going to have a problem competing with free. With a Democrat back in the White House it won't take very long for Symantec or MacAfee to cry Anti-Trust.

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