This little news item seems to be flying low under the radar, but Microsoft has officially announced that they will discontinue Windows Live Onecare, their security suite for home users. Here is the news item:
It seems to me that this product was not doing well from the get-go. Onecare was in beta for a long time and, even after it was released, there continued to be betas of the next version available (1.5 beta, 2.5 beta). It never scored high on AV shootouts. Now after being a real product for less than a year and a half, it's end has been announced. The only good news is that they will be replacing it with some kind of free software, codenamed Morro.
Until the cutoff, however, it looks like they will continue selling this product to unsuspecting users. They are still selling (as of today) a one-year 3-user subscription for $49.95 US, with no warning that in 6 months it will be unavailable and replaced by something free. Shame on them!