Microsoft introduces OneCare security subscription service

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Microsoft this week announced plans to offer a subscription service called Windows OneCare to provide automated security and maintenance for PC users.

As part of the testing process, Windows OneCare was rolled out this week to Microsoft employees, with the full commercial launch planned for the latter half of 2005.

Presented by Microsoft as a simple, integrated means to achieve a "worry-free" user experience, OneCare is designed to ward off viruses, worms and spyware as well as broader PC health issues. The main features will include:

  • Automatic anti-virus and anti-spyware updates and a two-way firewall

  • Performance and reliability tools - with OneCare able to carry out periodic disk cleaning and defragmentation.

  • Backup and restore capabilities from CDs and DVDs.

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