Sunday, December 28, 2008

Microsoft Offers Free Consumer Antivirus Software

A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that it will discontinue its Live OneCare security product line in June 2009 and release a free consumer antivirus solution in its place.

We're surprised by this move, especially since a server version of Live OneCare was included in the recently released Small Business Server 2008 line. Besides a quick look over during testing, we never deployed the server product.

We did use the consumer version for several months. As far as consumer products go, Live OneCare was OK. It included a few utilities to check and back up disks which in turn led Symantec to develop its Norton 360 product.

MS must have a good reason for this. Time will tell.

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