Windows Onecare public beta released
Microsoft late Tuesday opened its OneCare Live security subscription service to broad beta testing, another step toward competing in the consumer anti-virus market dominated by long-time partners such as Symantec, McAfee, and TrendMicro.
OneCare, which was first announced in May, provides a personal firewall, anti-virus scanning, general PC tune-ups, and data backup tools. While some of the technologies are home-grown, others come from Microsoft's security acquisitions over the last two years, such as the 2003 purchase of Romanian anti-virus developer GeCAD and the 2005 buy of New York-based Sybari Software. InformationWeek > Microsoft Subscription Service > Microsoft's OneCare Goes Live > November 30, 2005
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