Microsoft to introduce free anti-virus software

Microsoft is planning to abandon its all-in-one security package, OneCare, as from June 2009 and instead offer a free anti-virus program which people can download.

The new software will support Windows XP, Vista and the new Windows 7. It will be a no-frills affair, aimed at the lower end of the market.

Sales of the OneCare package, launched in May 2006, have not exactly been phenominal, only accounting for about 2% of the market. There is, of course, a lot of competition in the anti-virus market, and they were trying, seemingly unsuccesfully, to take on the likes of established firms such as Norton and McAfee.

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