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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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RE: Security Holes?
By jkresh on 2/8/2006 1:13:30 PM , Rating: 3
I was waiting for someone to make that point. Microsoft has to charge for this, if they didn’t there would be another antitrust case backed by Mccaffe, Symantec, and Zonelabs... Also as you said they aren’t charging for patches, they are still trying to make a secure OS (and it looks like Vista may be there best try yet), these tools are there when standard security fails. One thing I would hope is that the developers for this and Windows talk with each other and that if a Virus shows up for a flaw that isn’t patched (as many virus’ show up after patches and just take advantage of people who don’t patch), that within a short time of the antivirus updating to handle the virus the patch is released. If they ever decided to let the antivirus handle most of it and released patches slower or not at all for certain things then they would be taking advantage of the situation and causing problems. Also if they made it difficult for others to release security suites for Vista then that would be a problem. However, at least for the moment their intentions seem to be fine, they just want to make it easier for people to stay secure.

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