Microsoft to launch free antivirus product in the middle of next year
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.
UPDATED: RUMOUR: Google to buy Valve?
If this story’s true, it’s massive. The Inquirer are reporting that sources close to both companies are reporting that Google is about to acquire Valve. Valve is the company behind the hugely popular and genre-defining Half-Life games, but more than that, it owns a content delivery service called Steam.