19 November 2008

Free Microsoft Anti-virus coming

Microsoft will add their Live OneCare consumer anti-virus (subscription now $50/year) as a free offering, codenamed Morro (after a Brazilian town), from the second half of 2009 on.
It is difficult for MicroSoft to sell stuff that corrects security issues within their own products.
OneCare had less than 2% of the antivirus market. This is expected to rise now :)
Morro will be based on Micorosft Forefront client security and is expected to merge with the existing free Windows Defender (anti-spyware).
Meanwhile MicroSoft continues the Forefront Security Suite, their centrally managed enterprise security offering.