Windows Live OneCare, one of the first all-in-one suites to be launched in the consumer
market, includes a number of non-security features, such as printer sharing and automated
PC tune-up. By shifting to focus on the core anti-malware features that most consumers
still don’t keep up to date, “Morro” will be able to provide the essential protections
that consumers need without overusing system resources, and will help more consumers have
better protection against online threats.
“Because uptake of standard anti-malware is low around the world, particularly in
developing nations, the availability of basic protection for anyone who wants it is all
the more important,” said Roger Kay, founder and president of Endpoint Technologies
Associates. “By offering such basic protection at no charge to the consumer, Microsoft is
promoting a safer environment for PCs, service providers and e-commerce itself, since it
is through unprotected PCs that the worst threats are introduced to the system as a
“Morro” will be available as 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.
Windows Live OneCare will continue to be sold for Windows XP and Windows Vista at retail
through June 30, 2009. Direct sales of OneCare will be gradually phased out when “Morro”
becomes available. Regardless of their method of purchase, Microsoft will ensure that all
current customers remain protected through the life of their subscriptions.
More information is available on the Windows Live OneCare Team Blog at http://windowsonecare.spaces.live.com.
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