Neowin has a nice scoop on the next generation of Antivirus and Antispyware technology that Microsoft plans to make available to Windows XP, Vista and 7 customers in the near future for free. An anonymous tipster provided the folks at Neowin with some screenshots of ‘Microsoft Morro’ (which is most likely the code name), showing what looks like a hybrid version of Microsoft’s current AntiSpyware utility ‘Windows Defender’.
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Back in 2005 Microsoft launched its Windows Live OneCare security service (once codenamed ‘A1’) which included a variety of utilities such as Antivirus, AntiSpyware (Windows Defender), Backup capabilities and PC maintenance tools such as Defragger and Disk Cleanup. Version 1 was released in May 2006, version 1.5 October 2006, version 2 November 2007 and the latest version 2.5 in July of 2008. Most of these technologies have since been consumed by the Windows operating system or integrated into the Windows Live Essentials suite. Microsoft announced that Windows Live OneCare would be discontinued in June 2009.