Microsoft is finally scaling back its operations and ambitions by discontinuing its Windows Live OneCare security software in favor of a new free program called Morro which will be up next year. Many analysts term this move as the company’s surrender in the war for the retail security software market. Microsoft launched the security program as Software as a Service (SaaS) in June 2006, but has failed to make even a blip in the market. Morro, the freebie which will be available in mid-2009, will be packaged as a free download for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Sources agree that Microsoft is trying to cut its losses while also thwarting other security stalwarts like McAfee, Symantec, and Kaspersky for claiming a sizeable amount of market share, in the near future.
New Blackberry Sales Will Storm the Market, Despite Recession: Verizon
Verizon is sure of high BlackBerry Storm sales this holiday season in spite of sluggish economy, and said that it will prove to be a tough competitor to AT&T’s offering, the iPhone. The Storm is also the latest bet on the consumer market for RIM (Research in Motion), which has long-dominated the corporate world with BlackBerry, and a strong alternative to the iPhone. The Blackberry Storm costs $199 with a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate, and as most media sources agree upon, can give Apple’s iPhone a run for its money. Verizon Wireless spokesman Michael Murphy said in an interview, ''Expectations are good, with the run up to now showing huge demand.'' According to some tech analysts and inside sources, Verizon will unlock the phone after 60 days, which will help users to force it on to GSM too.
Google Launches Customized and Personalized Search with SearchWiki
Google Inc. enhanced its search capabilities and features with the help of SearchWiki, a tool which will directly put users in control over their search experience. The feature allows users to add, delete, re-sort, or comment on the results of any search query. Google stated in its press release that users can now reorder results so that the site they prefer always appears first, delete a link from the search results that seems out of place, add a URL so their favorite site always shows up for that search, or post a comment so they can remind themselves about a page's content or provide recommendations to other users doing the same search. Analysts advise Search Engine Optimizers, or SEOs, who help companies improve their search engine rankings, that they should not rush to start manipulating SearchWiki. To use these features, users have to log in to their accounts and perform web search to watch them in action and utilize them.