“Morro”: Free-of-cost client security offering from Microsoft

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.12.2008 at 07:54

Microsoft Windows Live OneCare will soon be replaced by a free-of-cost client security offering code-named "Morro". "Morro" will be standalone anti-malware protection for Windows XP, Vista and the upcoming Windows 7 OS.

Being a standalone security offering, this will be best-suited for home users and small businesses. Enterprise customers will still have the ForeFront Client Security Product for protecting their clients.

I believe providing "Morro" free-of-cost to home users is an intelligent investment, as the inputs from thousands of "Morro" users worldwide will help Microsoft gather more threat data for analysis and to respond to threats faster by reducing the time required to develop and release definition updates – for the enterprise customers that run ForeFront Client Security. Of course, "Morro" users will also receive these definition updates.

Microsoft will discontinue the Windows Live OneCare product in the second half of 2009 when "Morro" becomes available.

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