Recent years have seen software publishers increasingly moving from boxed software to a subscription model. Adobe moved its famous Photoshop software and related programs to the subscription-based Creative Cloud
in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. Microsoft still offers boxed versions of its Office software, but it has been heavily promoting the Office 365
subscriptions. Now, Symantec is heading to the subscription model with its flagship Norton computer security products. The new Norton Security pulls multiple Norton products into a single subscription that will run you about $80 per year.
Symantec is pulling its array of security products into a subscription meant to protect all your devices, from desktop and laptop computers to smartphones and tablets. Norton Security launches in September.
Like the Adobe and Microsoft subscriptions, Symantec’s Norton Security subscription is more flexible than boxed software: you can install the software on multiple computers (including Mac and PC) and mobile devices (including Android and iOS). Norton Security provides different features based on the type of device it’s protecting, which makes sense. Your computer will get antivirus, antispam, and password protection features, among others.
The move will reduce the number of products Symantec
offers. Norton 360, Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security will be absorbed into the Norton Security subscription.