Microsoft Live OneCare, May You Rest In Peace

Long time readers of this blog may recall my ongoing postings about Microsoft Live OneCare, the all-in-one computer security software solution.  First, I pondered about Microsoft Live OneCare, then reviewed it, next groused about error Message 2100, and then resolved the problem of not being able to subscribe to it.  (Read more about error Message 2100.)

Since that time, it has been working quietly and effectively to protect my computers.  I am now most pleased with it.

The ironic thing is that about the time I finally got it working, Microsoft announced they would be discontinuing it.  Figures.

On June 30, 2009, Microsoft plans to stop selling Live OneCare, but continue to support current subscriptions to it.  It will be replaced by a free alternative codenamed “Morro.”   Free is what I advocated from the beginning, as the only responsible choice.  Good for Microsoft.

Until then, my only remaining dilemma is how to protect my new computer as I wait for Morro.

Isn’t technology great?

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