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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Microsoft Bids Public Good Morro

Microsoft is gearing-up to release a stripped-down antivirus program, called Morro. While there is no set release date, previous information from the company suggests it would be out by the end of 2009 "at the latest." For now, all Microsoft spokespersons will say is "soon."

Morro will replace Microsoft's first foray into free online security, Windows Live OneCare, which will be retired following the new release. OneCare failed to draw the market share from established security companies (such as Symantec) Microsoft was looking to pull.

Morro is a stripped-down antivirus (only) program the company will give away for free. It does not contain all the bells and whistles a paid security suite offers, such as parental locks, et.al. It aims to protect end-users' computers from viruses, trojans, rootkits, and spyware. Competitors say the consumer market wants - even needs - full-fledged security suites these days.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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