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Next Generation of Windows Live OneCare Launches Internationally Alongside Windows Vista



 

Next Generation of Windows Live OneCare Launches Internationally Alongside Windows Vista

                     

All-in-one PC care service extends security, maintenance, performance benefits to Windows XP and the new Windows Vista operating system.

Sydney, — January 23, 2007 — From January 30, consumers in and 16 other countries will be able to purchase a major release of Windows Live™ OneCare™ online or from participating retail stores. Building on versions of Microsoft’s comprehensive PC care service previously available in the , the new Windows Live OneCare release will now offer an even simpler consumer experience.  The service will feature unified virus and spyware scanning, more flexible file backup options and support for the Windows Vista™ operating system which will also be available to consumers on January 30. 

 

To thank consumers worldwide who participated in the Windows Live OneCare beta program for this major release, which included some 5,400 customers in , a special offer will be sent via e-mail to beta users for a significant discount off the annual subscription fee when they sign up at http://onecare.live.com.   From January 23 to February 12, Windows Live OneCare beta users who take advantage of this offer will receive a year’s service at approximately 60 percent off the regular price.

 

“This new release marks Microsoft’s continued commitment to evolving and expanding our all-in-one PC care service around the world — both for Windows XP and now Windows Vista customers,” said Peter Watson, Chief Technology Advisor at Microsoft. “In addition to helping guard against viruses, spyware, phishing scams and other security threats, OneCare also handles a variety of essential PC care practices behind the scenes so our customers can have peace of mind that their PC is being taken care of and will be able to spend their valuable time on other things.”

 

Windows Live OneCare offers automated protection, maintenance, performance tuning and support for PCs running either Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or the Windows Vista operating system. Designed to evolve with the changing needs of consumers, Windows Live OneCare continuously delivers new and updated features to subscribers while they’re online.

Support for Windows Vista Operating System

 

           

 

Windows Live OneCare completes the security picture for Windows Vista adopters by providing real-time anti-virus protection and managing firewall policies to address new and evolving threats. The service goes beyond security to help simplify important maintenance tasks such as backing up photos, music and other files to a variety of storage devices and defragmenting the hard drive to help increase the performance of consumers’ PCs.

 

Pricing and Availability

 

 

Windows Live OneCare will be available in Australia from January 30, priced at an annual subscription rate of A$99.95 (recommended retail price*) for up to three PCs. Consumers can download the Windows Live OneCare subscription service at http://onecare.live.com or purchase OneCare from leading retail stores. 

 

Microsoft will also be offering Australian beta customers a Windows Live OneCare annual subscription at a special discounted price of $39.95 from January 23 to February 12.    

 

 

About MSN and Windows Live

 

MSN® attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month. With localised versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Windows Live, a new set of personal Internet services and software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web. MSN and Windows Live will be offered alongside each other as complementary services. Some Windows Live services entered an early beta phase on November 1, 2005; these and future beta

 


updates can be found at http://ideas.live.com. Windows Live is available at http://www.live.com. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com. MSN worldwide sites are located at http://www.msn.com/worldwide.ashx.

 

 

About Microsoft

 

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

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* Actual retail price may vary.

 

 

Microsoft, Windows Live, OneCare, Windows Vista, Windows and MSN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the and/or other countries.

 

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Alex Murphy, Howorth Communications, 02 8281 3801, alex@howorth.com.au

 

 

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