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Microsoft offers SMBs all-in-one security and protection

Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are among the key targets of Microsoft's latest solution, Windows Live OneCare.

Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are among the key targets of Microsoft's latest solution, Windows Live OneCare.

In essence, OneCare is an all-in-one, automatic and self-updating PC care service designed to help SMBs more easily protect and maintain their PCs.

Microsoft insists that Windows Live OneCare is designed to alleviate the confusion and frustration that many consumers experience when trying to protect their computers from viruses, spyware and other threats. It adds that the new solution goes beyond security to simplify other essential PC care practices, such as backing up important data and regularly running performance maintenance tasks.

Among the features that OneCare contains is Protection Plus which includes anti-virus and firewall protection and automatic updates, as well as anti-spyware functionality to help protect the PC and the customer. Performance Plus delivers regular PC tune-ups to help maintain computer performance and reliability and a backup and restore feature does exactly what is suggests.

Help and support can be delivered through a variety of modes including email, phone and chat - with all service support coming from PC care experts at Microsoft for no additional charge.

In addition to expanding Windows Live OneCare capabilities over time, Microsoft plans to begin ramping up wide distribution of the system.

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