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May 31, 2006

Windows Live OneCare arrives a day early

Posted by David Hunter at 2:32 PM ET.

Earlier than rumor predicted, Microsoft is launching Windows Live OneCare today after a lengthy public beta. Robert McMillan at InfoWorld:

Microsoft is set to release a fully supported version of its Windows Live OneCare software, marking its entry into the security software market.

OneCare will be available for download Wednesday on Microsoft’s Web site, a day earlier than expected. By Thursday, the software is expected to be widely available in U.S. retail stores, said Microsoft’s Samantha McManus, a business strategy manager with Windows Live OneCare.

The software will begin shipping outside the U.S. “within the next year,” she said, declining to say which country would be the first to follow the U.S. launch.

The OneCare web site is here and for reference, here’s the official press release.

Competitors Symantec and McAfee are readying their responses, Norton 360 (formerly codenamed Genesis) and Falcon respectively.

Filed under Coopetition, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, Windows Live, Windows Live OneCare

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