Microsoft Makes Security Software Free, Symantec and McAfee Screwed (MSFT, SYMC, MFE)

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Microsoft (MSFT) is offering aggressive pricing on its latest anti-malware product: free. Coming next year, Microsoft will offer “Morro” for free general download, with the current anti-malware add-on “Windows Live OneCare” (still on sale for $50 at the Microsoft Store) being slowly phased out.

Of course, Microsoft moving into the anti-malware space with a free product is disastrous for McAfee (MFE) and Symantec (SYMC), which have dominated the PC protection industry for years. Unfortunately, Microsoft will probably make a legal end-run around anti-trust regulators by not bundling Morro into Vista or Windows 7 — leaving Windows users with a less-than-fully-secure operating system out of the box unless they’re hip enough to know where and how to download Morro.

See Also:
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Microsoft’s Smart Cloud Catch-Up Plan: Three Years Of Free Software

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