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Microsoft Windows OneCare Live launches in June for an annual fee of $49.95

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 this year.

Microsoft Windows OneCare Live will have a price tag of $49.95 annually for use on up to three machines.



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Unethical?
By kelmon on 2/8/2006 3:10:14 AM , Rating: 3
I'm interested by a number of people leaping to Microsoft's defence on this one. Do you not find it unethical the company making the operating system is now charging for a service to fix holes in it?

It is an understood fact that software systems as complex as operating systems contain flaws. However, I do find it somewhat disturbing that the manufacturer is effectively charging customers to fix flaws that are found in its software. Potentially the company is able to add a new revenue stream by introducing bugs and then ensuring that their security software fixes the bug before the competition. I'm not saying that this IS or WILL happen, just that it COULD happen. It is for this reason that I find this product unethical and a potential conflict of interests.

If this was a free service then my opinion would be much different and I'd be wholly behind the product.


RE: Unethical?
By Nekrik on 2/8/2006 3:57:24 AM , Rating: 2
From my point of view I don't believe the're changing their security releases and patches for the OS to a pay service and calling it an AV app. They'll continue to run the Window's Update as it was before. One Care will included a simplified BU utility, a live AV scan for email and files, fixes to infected machines with this/that worm, etc... much the same as Norton offers.

I think more people are coming to the defense as they see MS taking steps to correct a lot of the problems they've had in the past, many which were the result of trying to allow too much freedom as that was what customers thought they wanted. Ten years ago 95% of the users would have said 'give me admin mode, passwords annoy me, I know what I'm doing' they now realize security is a pain in the ass.

As far as them hiding information or planting holes/bugs in the OS so they can fix them, I think that's a conspiracy theorey waiting to happen, but has no merrit. They have far more to lose by doing so than they could ever gain. As far as I know, they're not really hurting for funds.


RE: Unethical?
By Brassbud on 2/8/2006 4:24:34 AM , Rating: 2
Although I don't think this is a "bad" thing, I am a little suprised by the price, as the whole situation is a little ironic. And of course one can't deny the apparent conflict of interest this creates as well. I guess if it keeps people more secure I'm all for it, but I fear this is just another step towards another anti-trust case.


RE: Unethical?
By pixelslave on 2/8/2006 12:38:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Do you not find it unethical the company making the operating system is now charging for a service to fix holes in it?


When you find an OS that has absolutely no security hole, let me know.


RE: Unethical?
By pixelslave on 2/8/2006 12:39:27 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, btw, I guess you don't fly or drive because you will wait for a plane or car that won't crash, right?


RE: Unethical?
By tjr508 on 2/9/2006 4:47:51 AM , Rating: 2
100% Agreed. I've never had anything against MS. I do use Open Office but only to save $300 as the spell checker alternative suggestions suck compared to MS word =p.

But to the anti-virus statment, yes I think this is a raw deal for the customer and may send consumers a bad message. It seems very shady to charge a fee to essentially patch one of their own products.

This may be ok as long as it is indeed a service to the customers, but why would MS have to charge a fee when much smaller companies offer similar software for free? This leads me to believe that this is a venture to produce revenue within itself and not just a service to promote the windows OS. And like any business when your goal is to make money, you don;t let much stand in your way, including ethics.

As much as I respect what MS has done for computing, I believe this may be going way too far.



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