Free Microsoft Morro Will Shift 2009 Antivirus Market

Paul Mah

In case you didn't catch the news last week, Microsoft has announced that it will offer Windows users free antivirus software. Code-named Morro, it will be a new offering to be made available by the end of 2009.


This comes with Microsoft's decision to discontinue retail sales of its embattled Windows Live OneCare product at the end of next June. Microsoft explained the move in a blog post, noting that the decision to phase out Windows Live OneCare has to do with its focus on delivering Morro.


So what exactly will Morro offer? In Microsoft's own words, this new offering

will focus on getting the majority of consumers the essential protection they need by providing comprehensive, real-time anti-malware protection, covering such threats as viruses, spyware, rootkits, trojans and other emerging threats, in a single, focused solution.

What it means is that Morro will be a no-frills antivirus software that uses minimum system resources. Still, what caused Microsoft to adopt such a radical path, a move certain to generate unhappiness with existing antivirus vendors, with potential antitrust implications?


Personally, my feel is that Microsoft wants to dramatically improve the security of the Windows operating system. However, even though current antivirus solutions on the market work, just about all of them are bloated and result in Windows running slower after installing them. In addition, have you noticed that competition never did appear to do much on their pricing, either?


Whatever the case, changes in the antivirus market are afoot in the year 2009 due to the imminent release of Morro. The bottom line is clear to SMBs and, indeed, all corporations that are acquiring or renewing their antivirus licenses: Just go for one-year subscription or renewal of your antivirus products for now.

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Dec 2, 2008 1:59 PM Nomjan Nomjan  says:
To me this means: WINDOWS runs fast enough until you install an antivirus product, Now it will never run that fast. :( Reply
Dec 4, 2008 9:38 AM Paul Mah Paul Mah  says:
I suspect it will be possible to disable it if so desired. However, it will be interesting to see what the current antivirus vendors will do in order to maintain their market share, or if they will try to sue Microsoft to back off from this market. Reply
May 25, 2009 7:43 PM ObservantOne ObservantOne  says:

This was coming, folks! It was only a matter of time. This has two sides to it. One the one hand, who better to write an anti-virus program for an OS than the makers of the OS ... They know (or at least should know) the flaws in their product. ... On the other hand, if they would write a better code, none of this would/should be necessary. Think of how much Norton, McAfee, and Panda have made because of an insecure OS.

As Scotty said in Star Trek - The Search for Spock, "The more plumbing you put in the works, the easier it is to clog the drain", or in this instance, the more perchance for leaks.

Jun 23, 2009 5:52 PM lehenryjr lehenryjr  says:

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L. Henry Jr.


Jul 21, 2009 2:14 PM Free Virus Protection Free Virus Protection  says:

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