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June 11, 2009

Microsoft’s "Morro" free antivirus software beta coming soon

Posted by David Hunter at 1:08 PM ET.

Last November when Microsoft announced they were pulling the plug on Windows Live OneCare (actual last sale date June 30, 2009), they promised a new free antivirus offering for Windows codenamed "Morro" in the 2nd half of 2009. Today, Reuters is reporting that a Morro beta is coming soon:

A Microsoft spokesman said on Wednesday that the world’s biggest software maker is testing an early version of the product with its own employees. Microsoft would "soon" make a trial version, or product beta, available via its website, he added, but declined to provide a specific date.

Microsoft has said that Morro will offer basic features for fighting a wide range of viruses, which would likely make it comparable to low-end consumer products from Symantec and McAfee that cost about $40 per year.

Symantec shares fell 0.5 percent on Nasdaq and McAfee fell 1.3 percent on the New York Stock Exchange, while Microsoft was up 2.1 percent.

Microsoft is billing Morro as a "public service," but I am hard-pressed to believe that will fly. Antitrust regulators – start your engines!



Filed under Antitrust, Beta and CTP, Coopetition, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal, McAfee, Morro, Symantec, Windows Live, Windows Live OneCare

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One Response to “Microsoft’s "Morro" free antivirus software beta coming soon”

  1. Microsoft starts limited beta of free antivirus product, Microsoft Security Essentials | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] week (as had been rumored earlier in the month) Microsoft started a limited beta of its upcoming free antivirus product which had been codenamed [...]

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