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July 12, 2007

OneCare 2.0 beta released sans antivirus beef

Posted by David Hunter at 10:33 PM ET.

Somewhat later than anticipated, Microsoft today announced a beta for Windows Live OneCare 2.0, the successor to their troubled OneCare 1.5. As was anticipated, this release is about “All-in-One PC Care” with new features like

All these added features are swell and adding utility bling is not uncommon in the security software biz, but the original and primary reason to buy OneCare was as an inexpensive antivirus solution. Unfortunately, OneCare wasn’t very good at it and has earned a less than satisfactory reputation with one Microsoft executive even stating in a candid moment that it shouldn’t have been shipped.

OK, bad things sometimes happen, but this is the next version, so where’s the antivirus beef in OneCare 2.0? Sean Michael Kerner asked Microsoft and was told:

A Microsoft spokesperson admitted to that OneCare v2 is essentially the same core engine as the current 1.x product with additional features bolted on.

Not a promising answer.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live OneCare

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One Response to “OneCare 2.0 beta released sans antivirus beef”

  1. OneCare 2.0 ships next week -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft says they have been making incremental improvements in virus detection which is good news for existing customers (and customers of Microsoft’s Forefront security products for businesses which use the same detection engine), but it’s not clear that bolting on a variety of new but extraneous features in version 2.0 is going help OneCare turn the corner.   Filed under Servers, Windows Live OneCare, Windows Live, Microsoft, Forefront   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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