Microsoft is readying a public beta of Morro for users of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 3. The antivirus program, which is code-named Morro, will replace Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft’s retail security suite, which will be discontinued at the end of this month.
While Microsoft has been relatively quiet about Morro since it announced the project in November, Microsoft is reportedly doing internal tests in Redmond that will be followed by a public beta launch for Morro, according to Reuters. Microsoft has not provided a specific release date for Morro, saying only that the product would launch “soon.”
It’s unclear how comprehensive Morro will be compared to other security products, but Morro is expected to be a very basic program that will detect standard malware like viruses, spyware, rootkits, and trojans. Morro will only be available via download, as Microsoft does not plan to include Morro with the Windows operating system.