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 internetnews.com that OneCare v2 is essentially the same core engine as the current 1.x product with additional features bolted on.
Not a promising answer.