Microsoft has announced that it is taking its OneCare anti-virus program international with its next release, due at the end of this month.
The all-in-one security software service, which has drawn howls of protest from competitors like Symantec and McAfee and those who tend to think Microsoft is largely responsible for a lot of those viruses, has been available only in the U.S. since its launch last spring.
IT World Canada notes in its report this morning that Redmond claimed only 1.2 percent of anti-virus revenue for 2005, according to IDC. Of course, that doesn't reflect on OneCare, which marked a full-scale entry into one of the few markets where Microsoft had been conspicuously absent.
A smart blog post by Gregg Keizer at TechWeb reports that one research firm notes OneCare's share of the domestic consumer security suite market has actually dropped from about 11 percent in June 2006 to about 6 percent last October. Symantec continues to hold Windows-like sway in the market, at about 74 percent.
Keizer's general take on why OneCare may be slipping: It's not such a hot product, and a lot of folks don't trust Microsoft when it comes to security.