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Windows OneCare Live 'beta'

Windows OneCare Live 'beta'
Microsoft Corp is making its new security service, Windows OneCare Live service available for free in a "beta," to help it work out any potential problems before the product's likely introduction next year reports Reuters. OneCare is the latest in Microsoft's Live series. Windows Live is a free Web-based service which incorporates Web searches, email, syndicated headlines from other sites, and photos and audio from across the Web reports TechTree

The service, which offers anti-virus, firewall, backup and recovery, as well as personal computer maintenance, will eventually be available for a subscription fee, said Microsoft spokeswoman Samantha McManus.

"This is the first major step for Microsoft into the consumer security market," McManus said, noting about 15,000 customers have been taking part in a limited test since June.

Microsoft has already introduced its Windows Live Safety Centre service allowing a one-time fix requiring consumers to go back to the web site. OneCare Live provides constant and more comprehensive protection against viruses and other security threats.

Microsoft says its target market for OneCare Live is the estimated 70 per cent of consumers who do not have anti-virus software or do not keep it updated.

Microsoft's OneCare beta can be downloaded from Microsoft's Web site, and uses a color-coded system to offer full-time protection against network threats. The OneCare software currently supports Windows XP Service Pack 2, and requires users to remove competing titles before installation













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