Speaking of Microsoft giving everything the Windows Live brand but the kitchen sink, the 1.5 upgrade to the distinctly non-Live Windows Live OneCare security suite has been released to manufacturing (RTM) according to a post yesterday on the team weblog:
I am pleased to let you know that we hit an important milestone right before the end of the year. That is, our development and test work is done on the next major release of OneCare, and as we announced about a month ago, it will indeed be available – both at retail and on the Web – at the end of January. There may be some slight variations by country, but for the most part, you should be able to download or buy in just a few weeks. And for those of you who already subscribe, you need to do – nothing. You’ll automatically receive this major upgrade, just as you receive minor upgrades throughout the year, as part of your OneCare subscription.
New features include Vista and expanded language support. We had mentioned OneCare just the other day when market research firm NPD estimated OneCare holiday North American retail store sales at 2-3% of the security market, down from the 15% peak reported by NPD when OneCare was first released.