New Release of Windows OneCare Ready to Roll

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The new service builds on Vista's safety features and includes Internet Explorer anti-phishing protection activation, unified anti-virus and anti-spyware filtering capabilities, and increased backup options.

Microsoft plans to roll out a new release of its Windows Live OneCare managed security service to consumers in the United States and 16 other countries on Jan.30 –to coincide with the general release of Windows Vista.

This updated service, which brings automated PC protection, maintenance, performance tuning and support, will be available for purchase online or through participating retail outlets, at an annual subscription rate of $49.95, which covers up to three PCs.

Consumers will also be able to download the Windows Live OneCare subscription service.

This latest service builds on the safety features found in Windows Vista, and includes Internet Explorer anti-phishing protection activation, unified anti-virus and anti-spyware filtering capabilities, Windows Vista support, and increased backup options, said Ryan Hamlin, the general manager of Microsoft's technology care and safety group.

Read more here about how McAfee introduced a rival offering to Microsoft's OneCare.

"Not only does the service provide real-time anti-virus protection and manage firewall policies to address new and evolving threats, but it also goes beyond security to help simplify important maintenance tasks such as backing up photos, music and other files to a variety of storage devices and defragmenting the hard drive to help increase the performance of consumers' PCs," he said.

All active OneCare subscribers will be automatically upgraded to this latest release while they are online, he said.

Microsoft is also offering everyone who participated in the beta program for this release a discount of some 60 percent off the annual subscription fee if they sign up between Jan. 23 and Feb. 12, while many retailers plan to offer rebates and other in-store promotions for OneCare in the coming weeks, Hamlin said.

To read more about why some believe that the entry of OneCare to the consumer security market is another sign that the era of security software choice is over, click here.

"In addition to helping guard against viruses, spyware, phishing scams and other security threats, OneCare also handles a variety of essential PC care practices behind the scenes so our customers can have peace of mind that their PC is being taken care of and will be able to spend their valuable time on other things," he said.

The service, which has only been available in the United States to customers running Windows XP Service Pack 2 until now, will be made available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on Jan. 30.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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