Microsoft to Offer Security Suite


This should help the user to reduce spyware and viruses on your computer. I think this is a great move, and should take some of the stress out of the typical user’s computing experience.

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) – Microsoft Corp. is rolling out a test version of an all-in-one subscription service that aims to protect computer users from viruses and spyware and give them tools to make machines speedier.

The Redmond-based software company is distributing Windows OneCare to its 60,000 employees this week. It plans to run a larger invitation-only test this summer, then launch a full-scale test by year’s end.

The company has not said when it would release the subscription service to consumers.

“We’re going to take our time. We want to make sure we get this right the first time,” said Ryan Hamlin, general manager for Microsoft’s technology, care and safety team.

Microsoft hasn’t set a price for an annual subscription, but Hamlin said it would include unlimited phone, e-mail and chat support.

PC users could set up OneCare to periodically perform maintenance work like cleaning up disks, repairing files and defragmenting hard drives so that bits of data aren’t inefficiently spread out. The service would keep track of how long it takes a computer to boot up and pin down problems that might be making the machine run more slowly. And consumers could opt to have their files automatically backed up on CD or DVD.

Posted May 13, 2005 by
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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “Microsoft to Offer Security Suite”

    1. John Mark on May 13th, 2005 2:01 pm

      Or you could just get a Mac.

    2. McGehee on May 14th, 2005 12:10 am

      I’ve been a Windows user since 1993, and I wouldn’t look to Microsoft for security.

      I suppose we should be glad M$ is only 12 years behind the curve…

    3. Strategic Board Blog on May 14th, 2005 12:36 pm

      Microsoft Enters Consumer Security. Again.

      Several links to announcements and analysis on Microsoft’s recent  move into the over-crowded consumer security market:MS punts all-in-one security and backup service – theregister
      Microsoft Says It Will Offer Virus Defense – nytimes
      New servic…

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