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March 9, 2006

OneCare integrates Defender, changes name

Posted by David Hunter at 9:44 PM ET.

(Via ZDNet) At the Windows Live OneCare Team Blog, Yoav Schwartz describes the features of the refresh of the OneCare beta that is automatically rolling out today:

The most frequent request we’ve heard from our beta testers is “add anti-spyware!” We listened and are excited to share that we’ve added anti-spyware functionality, powered by Windows Defender beta. If you have used Defender before, you know how effective it can be at limiting the unwanted spyware that can hog system resources and slow your PC to a crawl. We recognize that there is an opportunity to further integrate antispyware functionality more seamlessly into OneCare from a usability and ease of management perspective, and as Windows Defender comes out of beta, you’ll see the level of integration improve.

It’s a natural match except that Defender is intended to be a free offering while OneCare is subscription based so that the integration can’t get too tight.

Also the branding police caught up with OneCare whose latest name was “Windows OneCare Live.” That was “out of order” compared to the rest of the Windows Live offerings, so it has now been renamed as Windows Live OneCare. Now that that’s settled, it’s still my least suitable candidate for the Live moniker.

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, Defender, Microsoft, Technologies, Windows Live, Windows Live OneCare

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