Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2006 23:53 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft plans to ship a new security product in June, charging $49.95 [EUR 42] a year to shield up to three PCs against viruses, spyware and other cyberthreats, the company said on Tuesday. Called Windows OneCare Live, the product marks Microsoft's long-anticipated entry into the consumer antivirus market, which has been the domain of specialized vendors, led by Symantec and McAfee. Microsoft announced its intent to offer antivirus products in June 2003 when it bought Romanian antivirus software developer GeCad Software.
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A couple of points...
by rklrkl on Wed 8th Feb 2006 10:23 UTC
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1. Don't many anti-virus vendors give away free versions for home use already? I use the free edition of AVG for example and that seems to work well. Before you say "this is for companies only then", why offer a 3-PC licence then? Almost all companies have more than 3 PCs surely?

2. Am I the only one who thinks it's ironic that the company selling an OS that's prone to viruses is now going to be selling a sticking plaster for said prone OS rather than trying to fix the flawed security model of the OS in the first place? Yes, Vista will make some strides towards this, but presumably the initial market is XP users...

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