Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE “VZ”) and Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq “MSFT”) today announced an expanded alliance in which Verizon will offer its consumer DSL and FiOS Internet customers a co-branded suite of Microsoft® Windows Live™ services to help them enjoy more personalized Internet experiences with enhanced online security.
As part of the new agreement, which is an expansion of the two companies’ broadband relationship that began in April 2002, Verizon customers will have access to co-branded information and communications services, including a co-branded Live.com home page with easy access to Verizon and Windows Live services, a Windows Live Toolbar, a co-branded Windows Live Search page, Verizon e-mail powered by Windows Live Mail, a co-branded version of Windows Live Messenger and safety protection via Windows Live OneCare™ safety scanner.
It’s the same audience building idea as putting links to your online services on new PCs or in Vista. Interestingly, Verizon currently offers MSN Premium free to their subscribers and that will continue.
Michael Paige at MarketWatch reports:
McAfee Inc.’s stock rose as much as 3.4% on Monday after the company said it renewed a pact with Microsoft Corp. to provide online security to subscribers of the software giant’s MSN Premium Internet service.
The extension of the pact originally inked in 2003, while unlikely to dramatically shift McAfee’s revenue, did help remove an overhang on the stock due to uncertainty lingering about its renewal. It also provided a lift to sentiment among some investors concerned about the impact of Microsoft’s own security plans on partners.
MSN Premium gives you hundreds of dollars of software for a single monthly rate—and since it is a subscription service, you will always have up-to-date versions of important programs like Virus Guard and Firewall. While you could try to reproduce the benefits of MSN Premium in a piecemeal fashion by buying individual programs, MSN Premium gives you a single, all-in-one Internet software solution that provides essential online security, productivity, and educational features.
Currently it’s $9.95 per month.