Hoorah! Another sign that Microsoft still knows what it’s doing, and ‘gets’ it, despite evidence to the contrary. Microsoft will, as of the second half of next year, stop selling its ill-fated and unpopular OneCare security software, and instead offer a completely free security suite.
The package will support XP, Vista and Windows 7, and will be ‘suited to smaller and less powerful computers’. It’s unlikely that it’ll come installed by default on computers – Microsoft has learnt that lesson – but it should prove popular with technophobes worldwide, who normally struggle with security software and lapsed subscriptions.
Of course, the real question here is what will happen to McAfee and Symantec. On the one hand, a free security product from Microsoft could blow their business to smithereens. On the other hand, though, years of alternative free solutions has failed to dent their lead, and nor has Microsoft’s ‘OneCare’ software. It’ll be interesting to see their response to this.
Do you pay for McAfee or Symantec antivirus? Do you use a free solution like AVG or Avast? Or do you just run naked through the pages of the internet, with your tackle dangling in the breeze? Let us know in the comments.
Microsoft OneCare (via BBC)