Microsoft goes global with security package

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Microsoft goes global with security package

Tash Shifrin

Microsoft has launched its Windows Live OneCare PC safety scanning service internationally, less than three months after its US debut.

OneCare brings together anti-virus and anti-spyware scanning, clean-up scanning and fine-tuning tools aimed at maximising PC performance by defragmenting the hard drive.

In a post on the Windows Live OneCare team blog, Microsoft said there had been “international demand for OneCare – and we heard you”.

International beta versions would be available by the end of the year, “if not sooner”, in the UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland.

Microsoft’s moves into the security field has boosted competition in the antivirus market, with security firms stepping up their efforts in response. Last month Symantec announced a partnership with search engine giant Yahoo that will see the two companies jointly distributing Symantec's security products.

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