What does the fact that Onecare is now officially and really dead mean for SBS 2008? It means that you can no longer depend on OneCare as a potential antivirus package. Microsoft security essentials is also not a package that can be used/installed on the server.
I need to double check the eula of Security Essentials and see if it can even be installed in a workstation setting or if it’s only allowed in a home environment.
WHAT IS CHANGING FOR WINDOWS LIVE(tm) ONECARE(r)?
Windows Live OneCare will begin discontinuing sales in all markets this summer. This page is intended to provide guidance and answer questions for customers as we complete this process. We will continue to update this guidance page as new information becomes available.
WHEN WILL ONECARE DISCONTINUE SALES?
Sale of Windows Live OneCare retail boxes will be discontinued during the summer season. Windows Live OneCare will be removed from direct online renewal and sale this fall.
HOW LONG CAN I USE MY WINDOWS LIVE ONECARE SUBSCRIPTION?
OneCare will support all existing customers through the duration of their subscriptions to ensure all subscribers remain protected and have ample time to find another security solution for their PC. OneCare will continue to be updated and supported until at least one year past the last subscription activation date. All OneCare customers will receive support and servicing through the end of their subscriptions. Please note that while Windows Live OneCare anti-virus and anti-malware protection will be continuously updated and all OneCare subscribers will be supported for the life of their subscription. OneCare will not be updated to support Windows 7.
WHAT OTHER SECURITY SOLUTIONS ARE THERE?
Microsoft announced that it plans to begin offering Microsoft(r) Security Essentials, a new security anti-malware solution, to consumers in the second half of 2009. The anti-malware solution will provide comprehensive anti-malware protection from threats including viruses, spyware, rootkits, Trojans, and other emerging threats in a single lightweight anti-malware solution. In concert with the ongoing improvements in internet security offered by Windows Vista(r), the forthcoming Windows(r) 7, and Internet Explorer(r) 8, Microsoft believes that this no-cost service will offer the essential security that consumers need. And by making this available at no charge, we hope to be able to help the estimated 60% of consumers who still do not have up-to-date antimalware protection. If you would like to try Microsoft Security Essentials, the Beta is available now in select markets at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx. This page will be updated regularly as new information about the Security Essentials release becomes available. Microsoft wants to ensure your PC is protected. If Windows Live OneCare and Microsoft Security Essentials do not meet your needs, you can learn more about security software providers for Windows here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/antivirus-partners/windows-7.aspx