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Microsoft OneCare expected to undercut main security software players

Antony Savvas

Microsoft is set to announce the availability and pricing plans of its OneCare Live security software subscription service this week.

Reports say the service could be as little as £30 a year, which means the service would undercut the packaged subscription services currently on offer from leading security players like Symantec and McAfee.

Microsoft is said to be planning a launch date of OneCare before the beginning of summer.

OneCare provides anti-virus, and anti-spyware protection, along with a firewall. There are also data back-up features and several tools to allow users to automatically optimise their Windows-based PCs.

A public test version of the product was started at the end of last year, after the company unveiled the service last May.

Analyst IDC says the global market for anti-virus software alone will reach £4.3bn by 2009, illustrating why Microsoft wants a slice.

OneCare is aimed at consumers and business home users. For the enterprise market, Microsoft is developing its new Microsoft Client Protection platform for desktops, laptops and file servers.


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