Microsoft has announced unofficially that the company is moving away from the Windows Live OneCare product for consumers. On the OneCare weblog, the OneCare team states the following:
In hopes of getting more consumers protected, this week, Microsoft announced that it will offer a new security solution to consumers at no cost beginning in the second half of calendar year 2009. This new offering will focus on getting the majority of consumers the essential protection they need by providing comprehensive, real-time anti-malware protection, covering such threats as viruses, spyware, rootkits, trojans, and other emerging threats, in a single, focused solution.
In order for us to focus on delivering this new security solution to millions of customers around the world, we have decided to phase out Windows Live OneCare and will discontinue retail sales of Windows Live OneCare subscription service beginning June 30, 2009.
A free solution is in the making and will feature all kinds of protection for free for consumers possibly replacing the need for an expensive piece of anti-virus protection software. Microsoft will support it's current clientbase as long as their subscription is valid. All retail stops in the summer of 2009. For more faq and information on this topic, see the source.