Windows OneCare Update Coming Worldwide January 30

Windows Live OneCare includes antivirus, antispyware, two-way firewall and anti-phishing technology for all your security needs. It regularly defragments and cleans your hard disk drive, and also offers backup and restore functions. The new 1.5 release sports support for Windows Vista while improving XP support, many new language platforms, as well as overall performance improvements - none of which could have been possible without beta testers. Beta testers should see an email in the next few days offering them "up to 60% off the regular price". Those who have already subscribed will automatically receive the newer version.

Microsoft will release Windows OneCare internationally, in store and on the web, on the same day the company is making Windows Vista and Office 2007 available. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States will see Windows Live OneCare v1.5 on January 30th. Microsoft is fighting Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro with quite aggressive pricing: $49.95 for installation on up to three computers running Windows XP or Vista. Microsoft secured a mediocre 1.2% of worldwide antivirus revenue in 2005 but analysts expect the numbers to climb as more countries get access to the software.

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News source: InfoWorld | Windows Live OneCare Team Blog

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I got a letter from MS in December. I was a beta tester for Onecare. The letter contained a key for 1 years free subscription, which I can use from january 30th...for use on 3 different systems!

My email said £14.99 for a year which is a 60% saving,not bad & considering you can put it on upto 3 PC's is a nice bonus

Already out.

MS gave me my free sub for the UK version already.

Just go to onecare.live.com and download the final 1.5.

Let's nip this in the bud before the anti-MS crowd starts griping that this should be included in their OS and the pro-MS crowd spews out anti-trust garbage. Microsoft is a company and has the right to sell pretty much what the want (within legal regs for the jurisdiction) and you as a consumer have the right to purchase their products or not.

That being said, I'm a little disappointed in MS. I wished they would have spent the time, money and effort that it took to create this product on making the next generations of their OS's safer. Then maybe, someday, we won't need external AV software.

I've been testing this one as well, I purchased the original in the store and I was happy with it. Though I have to say the virus scanner doesn't pick up an instant attack. I stuck a virus in a zip file and rar, opened them on other machines that have norton/mcafee and boom the virus file was stopped dead. This MS program does find the virus but not at the point of impact, which I'm sure others will find to be disappointing. At least that's what I have found through-out my testing. Still it's very light on system resources!

Um, anyone else have this kind of experience with the Anti-Virus? If it's this poorly implemented the rest of these features are irrelevant. Let's be honest here, Norton and McAfee are CRAP. If THEY found a virus (ANY virus) it must be weeks/months old. It doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy that they found something the MS One Care AV didn't.

Note that I love the MS (Giant engine based) anti-spyware, but what did they choose to do for One Care Anti-Virus?

I have been beta testing this and I have to say this is a very good program, it is not bloated and has everything you need and the backup system is very good as well and considering it the license is for 3 computers it is value for money.