Microsoft Announces Free Security Suite

November 19th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Microsoft is announcing that they will be offering a PC security solution to counter malware and viruses for free.

Code-named “Morro,” this streamlined solution will be available in the second half of 2009 and will provide comprehensive protection from malware including viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans. This new solution, to be offered at no charge to consumers, will be designed for a smaller footprint that will use fewer computing resources, making it ideal for low-bandwidth scenarios or less powerful PCs. As part of Microsoft’s move to focus on this simplified offering, the company also announced today that it will discontinue retail sales of its Windows Live OneCare subscription service effective June 30, 2009.

"Morro" will be built on Microsoft’s malware protection engine, which has already proven successful and efficient with Windows Live OneCare.  However, as mentioned, "Morro" will be a stand alone download and offer malware protection for the Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. When used in conjunction with the ongoing security and privacy enhancements of Windows and Internet Explorer, this new solution will offer consumers a robust, no-cost security solution to help protect against the majority of online threats.

"Customers around the world have told us that they need comprehensive, ongoing protection from new and existing threats, and we take that concern seriously," said Amy Barzdukas, senior director of product management for the Online Services and Windows Division at Microsoft. "This new, no-cost offering will give us the ability to protect an even greater number of consumers, especially in markets where the growth of new PC purchases is outpaced only by the growth of malware."

Furthermore, this announcement of "Morro" is a glimpse into Windows 7.  microsoft claims that their new operating system will be streamlined, cheap and fast.  Does this mean that Microsoft is finally done having us all change our PC’s everytime they come out with a new OS?  I do hope so.