Microsoft to Offer a New No-cost Security Solution; OneCare Subs to be Phased Out.

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 18, 2008 — As part of its commitment to provide users with a trustworthy computing experience, Microsoft has announced plans to offer a new, core security solution for consumers. Available at no additional cost,this new solution will focus on delivering easy-to-use protection from threats that can place personal information at risk and harm system performance.

This new anti-malware offering, scheduled to be released in the second half of 2009, will provide protection from a variety of threats – including viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans – and is specifically designed to address the demands of smaller PC form factors and the rapid increases in the incidence of global malware.

As part of the effort to protect the broadest possible range of consumers, Microsoft has also announced it will phase out sales of its Windows Live OneCare subscription offering in order to focus on removing hardware and cost barriers that can limit access to core malware protection.

Read the rest, including a Q&A with Amy Barzdukas, senior director of product management, discusses Microsoft’s strategy to provide broader access to critical anti-malware protection, here.

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