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February 7, 2006

Microsoft announces OneCare

Posted by David Hunter at 2:48 PM ET.

Press Release:

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, 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.

Filed under OS - Client, Windows Live OneCare

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3 Responses to “Microsoft announces OneCare”

  1. Cool Tech Reviews » Windows Defender disables Norton Antivirus, users cheer! Says:

    [...] went downhill from there. Hit the article for the links, but the Slashdotters speak very highly of AVG Antivirus from Grisoft which has a very popularfree version. I’ve never done a detailed comparison, but in my experience, Norton does have some annoying oddities and the AVG free version seems equivalently capable. If you insist on paying a large company, you might also consider Microsoft’s OneCare which is due later this year, but is now available in beta and offering a special promotion. Posted at 10:33 am. Filed under Companies, Brands, Microsoft, Software, Symantec, Norton, Antivirus, AVG, Grisoft   [link] [...]

  2. OneCare integrates Defender, changes name -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Finally, the OneCare beta logo is disappearing with this refresh to signify that that it is going to prime time shortly. Don’t forget that beta testers can sign up in April for a year of service for 3 PCs for $19.95 as opposed to the normal $50. Filed under Beta and CTP, Windows Live OneCare, Windows Live, Defender Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

  3. Windows Live OneCare 1.5 to ship with Vista on Jan. 30 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] As expected, Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft’s new entry in the PC security software market, will ship a new version 1.5 with Vista support along with Vista on January 30. Also not unexpected given the lagging sales, there will be some retailer promotions as well as a last ditch appeal for beta users who didn’t take advantage of last year’s promotion directed at them. [...]

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