Microsoft plans to jump in feet first
with its first foray into the software antivirus market. The
company's subscription-based Windows
OneCare Live software will launch in June of this year
Over 20,000 beta testers have been
putting the software through the ringer since November of last year. They have
provided much needed input for the security suite which offers
antivirus and spyware protection, an integrated firewall, backup
utilities and performance tuning software.
Microsoft's established competitors aren't
sitting idle while the Redmond-based company enters the a market which is expected to top $6 billion by 2008:
Last week, Symantec's CEO John Thompson
said the company would make investments to fend off Microsoft and any
other potential competitors.
Symantec, the world's biggest security software company, said it
plans to offer its own all-in-one subscription-based software product
code-named "Genesis" that it expects to introduce later
Microsoft Windows OneCare Live will have a price tag of $49.95
annually for use on up to three machines.