Microsoft is to start selling its Windows OneCare Live security protection service from tomorrow, after extensive beta trials among consumers.
OneCare delivers anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall protection, along with data back-up features and several PC “tune-up” tools to maximise the performance of machines.
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The service will be sold initially in the
, and will be rolled out to other markets over the next 12 months. OneCare is seen as a potentially formidable challenge to established security software players, including Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro and Sophos.
OneCare will cost $49.95 (£29.50) a year in the
to protect up to three home users. The price is very competitive when compared with those charged by the established security software players for similar security software bundles.
For instance, McAfee charges almost £50 a year in the
for anti-virus, anti-spam, personal firewall and data privacy protection for home users, via its distribution deal with Dell.
, OneCare will be sold on Microsoft’s website and in boxed versions through a variety of retailers.
For businesses, Microsoft is planning to launch its Microsoft Client Protection system, aimed at protecting business desktops, laptops and file servers from malicious attacks.
A public beta version of Client Protection is expected in the third quarter of this year.