Every tech savvy guy who follows technology news, is waiting for Microsoft to unveil one of its best, long-anticipated, free (not something Microsoft usually is into), anti-virus software to the public, which is scheduled to release this Tuesday, 23rd of June 2009 !
This certainly is news …
Good for few: Microsoft (shares have seen 2+% rise just for the news), general public who’ll get free anti-virus software from the one of the best and trustworthy company ever, and
Bad for few others: Symantec shares were down .5% and McAfee was down 1.3% , and other free anti-virus providers like AVG are sure to have to tough times ahead.
( I don’t know what investors would be thinking now )
According to Microsoft, the free anti-virus software, code-named Morro will be equivalent to some of the low-end best sellers from Symantec and McAfee and comes with features like firewalls, encryption, parental controls, password protection and data backup.
According to Symantec’s Janice Chaffin, Morro is primitive version of OneCare, one, a paid security service, which Microsoft released 3 years ago, that never say anything positive. With MSE (Microsoft Security Essential) coming in competition, end users will be in a better state to fight new threats, viruses, spyare, rootkits and Trojans.
The beta version will come in 32 bit and 64 bit flavor, and will be available for download from Microsoft’s Connect website. However according to ZD Net’s Ed Bott, only 75,000 downloads will be available for beta testing. Don’t worry if you don’t get to download a beta version, as the GA version will be available by November, and that’s not too far away.
There is no registration required either. Just download, install and use it. It is designed to perform in a very effective way, where it it will use very little resources, mostly when you are not working on your system or when your system is idle, which ensures there is no compromise with your systems performance.
It’s already being tested by Microsofts employees, and now that it is priced at free, this one will definitely be a hot seller.