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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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By Tegeril on 2/8/2006 1:22:57 PM , Rating: 2
Am I the only one miffed at $50/year? Even for 3 computers, that majority of people wont fall into that category and will be burning money.

RE: Price!
By jkresh on 2/8/2006 1:27:18 PM , Rating: 2
Norton Systmeworks (or even just Internet Security) costs at least that much and is only licensed for 1 user, so for 3 users thats actualy quite reasonable, probably among the most reasonable of any of microsofts offerings (price wise anyway). I think they should add that 3 system use to Office and Windows (for homes, not business) maybe at an increased price of 50% (still offer the standard package for 1 system) something like Apple is doing and they would increase both their revenue and the number of legitamate users.

RE: Price!
By Aquila76 on 2/8/2006 2:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, this is comparable to Norton SystemWorks Premiere in terms of included programs (AV, Firewall, backup, utilities, etc.). Last I checked, NSWP was around $100 a PC. For $50 for 3, this is a bargain (Roughly $15 a PC). Let's just hope the software is better than the $15 'suites' currently available out there.

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