McAfee have announced that their Total Protection Service anti-virus client for Windows Home Server has reached end of life. A new version of the product, to be renamed McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection will be released in September, but will not support Microsoft’s home server platform. Anti-virus updated will continue to be issued until June 30th 2011, after such time users will be forced to look elsewhere.
The announcement states:
McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection (formerly Total Protection Service) Operating System Support
With the planned September 2010 release of SaaS Endpoint Protection 5.2, Windows Home Server will no longer be supported. DATs will continue to be provided for Windows Home Server agents until June 30, 2011.
McAfee Total Protection Service has been bundled with the last two generations of HP's range of home server solutions as well as the Acer Aspire easyStore Home Server. The announcement comes just months after a global agreement between HP and McAfee to ship Total Protection Service on HP's Data Vault. With a beta of the next version of Windows Home Server well underway, it is assumed that new hardware will be available from both manufacturers by next June, however it is unclear what measures, if any, will be taken to support existing customers.
McAfee follow F-Secure in dropping support for Microsoft’s home server platform, leaving Avast as the only credible anti-malware provider for Windows Home Server. Looking to the future, anti-virus protection is a strong candidate for a cloud subscription service and Microsoft have hinted at plans for Symantec to support Windows Server Aurora upon release. Whether this support will extend to the consumer server product remains to be seen.
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