Microsoft to Phase Out Windows Live OneCare
Microsoft is giving up on its Windows Live OneCare subscription service next June. But it is not giving up on the security business entirely - it has plans for a free, anti-malware product code-named "Morro."Two years after releasing Windows Live OneCare with much fanfare, Microsoft announced Nov. 18 that it is abandoning the subscription service next June. But it is not getting out of the consumer security business. In fact, the company plans to release a free anti-malware product code-named "Morro" in the second half of 2009.
According to Microsoft, Morro will be architected to use minimal computing resources to make it amenable to low-bandwidth scenarios and less powerful PCs. The trade-off for the smaller footprint is that it will not have some of the nonsecurity features found in OneCare, such as printer sharing, Microsoft officials said. Symantec CEO John Thompson openly criticizing OneCare's pricing at various times. Still, Microsoft's product never won substantial market share from Symantec, McAfee or other major players.