Microsoft to offer free security software!

LazyLion

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http://www.ioltechnology.co.za/article_page.php?iArticleId=4720354

Microsoft said on Wednesday it will discontinue sales of its subscription PC security service and instead offer free software to help protect computers from viruses, spyware and other threats.

With the move, the software giant appears to be taking aim at McAfee and Symantec, its chief rivals in the PC security market.

Microsoft plans to halt sales of its Windows Live OneCare service on June 30. The service being discontinued costs $49,95 (about R500) a year and covers up to three PCs.

The new security program, which the company has code-named "Morro," will be available as a free download in the second half of next year.

Morro is designed to work with smaller, less powerful computers, the company said, which should make it appeal to a wide group of consumers.

However, McAfee said the move is a sign of capitulation on the part of Microsoft. McAfee said OneCare managed to capture less than two percent of the market in the two years it has been out.

"Microsoft is giving up," a McAfee spokesperson said. "They are now defaulting to a dressed-down free model that doesn't meet consumer security needs."

Microsoft has a history of butting heads with its competitors in the PC security space. In 2006 and 2007, Symantec and McAfee raised concerns that Microsoft had designed Windows Vista to deny them access to the heart of the operating system, which they needed to protect it from certain kinds of malicious software.

After negotiations, and some prodding from antitrust regulators in Brussels, Microsoft said it would provide the information needed.

Shares of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft closed up 43 cents, or 2,2 percent, at $19,62. Shares of Cupertino, California-based Symantec finished at $12,40, up 24 cents, or two percent, while shares of Santa Clara, California-based McAfee closed up 28 cents at $28,57.

While I always like the idea of Free Software, somehow I can't help but think that MS might be playing dirty monopoly tricks here again. :rolleyes:
 

d0b33

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Why you have to pay extra for PC security I will never understand, an OS should be safe to begin with.
 

LazyLion

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Why you have to pay extra for PC security I will never understand, an OS should be safe to begin with.

I think Microsoft would claim "grandfather clause" on that one. It was making OSes long before many of these security risks were discovered or became widespread.
 
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