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Live OneCare is Dead, Long Live Live OneCare (and Morro)

Microsoft is set to cancel the fee based Live OneCare for consumers from mid-2009, replacing it with a free product, currently named Morro. In a seemingly user-aware move, Microsoft have acknowledged that the clear majority of users in both developed and developing markets that do not maintain current security protection on their systems.

Morro is being designed to address this problem, meant to provide capability to address this protection gap. With Microsoft identifying low-bandwidth and older systems as target installations, it will be interesting to observe how they end up managing to deliver this capability when many competing offerings are renown for being able to bring high spec systems to an effective grinding halt.

From the published details, Morro will be a stripped down version of the existing OneCare suite (which may remain as a fee-based full service offering under another name), missing some of the printer sharing / multi-PC / disk defragmentation features that OneCare currently has.

A side benefit of the new suite will be that future Microsoft Security Reporting will have a much larger number of sources from which to gather data, and which hopefully will address some of the weaknesses of their previous reports.

22 November 2008

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