We almost succumbed to habit and described them as the 2013 versions of the Norton range, but David Hall, regional product manager Asia Pacific told iTWire "this is the first year we're truly going versionless."
Once this version is installed, the software automatically updates itself without rebooting, "with very few exceptions."
He likened the situation to using a cloud application which is always kept up to date without any action on the user's part, and noted surveys of Norton customers that show those on the most recent version are generally happier with the product than those who for some reason have not updated.
Performance improvements include faster restart and shutdown, and the software takes advantage of multicore processors.
When used with Windows 8, the Norton products can replace Windows Defender, giving better protection and increased performance - "we make Windows  faster," said Mr Hall.
Furthermore, the Norton user interface has been optimised for touchscreen use.
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