Microsoft has a few months to finalize the development of free antivirus software, code-named «Morro».
It was expected that the new antivirus service will replace the Windows Live OneCare. June 30, Microsoft plans to discontinue the sale of licenses for it. Let me remind you that the Windows Live OneCare includes: antivirus to automatically update the databases, the detection of spyware, firewall, backup tools and utilities for fine-tuning the operating systems Windows.
A little bit about the development of «Morro»
The first speech that the anti-virus / anti-spyware software should be free to start Microsoft in November 2008. It was then that corporation and decided to develop its own product in order to meet the growing demand for security solutions.
The new Microsoft software is named in honor of settlement Morro de Sao Paulo in Brazil:
Planned to Morro will be available free of charge in the second half of 2009. The developers claimed that the product will be optimized to work with networks of low bandwidth and mobile computers based on Windows. In order not to spread to an existing service Windows Live OneCare, the company announced the termination of subscription to a 30 June 2009.
It was noted also that the new solution and it is able to cope with corporate objectives. However, Morro not include additional funding (as in OneCare) – backup and fine tune the system, not related to security.
In order not to impose anti-virus users, it will be distributed as a separate package, which is optional download from Microsoft. Support was expressed for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
At the moment, according to the corporation, Morro runs Microsoft internal testing staff from 1 June this year. However, promised that a beta version (or something like that) will also be available on the official website of the company. Osnovnyx its competitors see the new Microsoft products in the software from Symantec and McAfee. But, given that the annual subscription for their ~ $ 40 a year, and Morro will be distributed for free, then Microsoft has a chance to win a market share of anti-virus programs. Naturally, the next anti-virus product will provide basic protection against all kinds of viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans.
Recently, the network appeared screenshots Morro. But I think that as long as they do not particularly trust. It is felt that screenshots represent only an early stage of product development. Below are the options for scanning disk (fast, complete and arbitrary), the relevance of virus databases and schedule automatic scanning.
One can notice that the Morro interface is similar to the current Defender Windows – firewall from Windows Vista. In this and Microsoft does not deny. Simon Bisson (Simon Bisson) reported that Morro is based on the code of the Defender, and thus a similarity in the interface.