Microsoft Corp. today announced final licensing and pricing information for its soon-to-be-released Windows OneCare(TM) Live, the all-in-one, automatic and self-updating PC care service aimed at helping consumers more easily protect and maintain their PCs to keep them running well. Now available free to new beta testers in the United States, at http://ideas.live.com, Microsoft® Windows OneCare Live will be available in June from retailers and via the Web for an annual subscription of $49.95 MSRP for up to three personal computers. To thank its valuable beta customers and offer an easy transition to the paid service, Microsoft also announced today a promotional deal offering the first year of Windows OneCare Live service for $19.95 to beta customers who become subscribers between April 1 and April 30, 2006.
All the details by hitting the link, but stand back as users flock to the beta signup form. The full price of $50 for 3 machines is also very competitive, at least for those with multiple machines. Distribution via Web or retail also obviates the immediate antitrust outcry that would accompany bundling in the operating system. Since OneCare has had good beta reviews, I’m guessing that this one is going to be a winner.