Microsoft Announces Pricing and Licensing Details for Windows OneCare Live

Promotional price offered to early testers of all-in-one PC care service

slated for June 2006 release.



Feb 07, 2006, 00:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp.
 (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today announced final licensing and pricing information for its
 soon-to-be-released Windows OneCare(TM) Live, the all-in-one, automatic and
 self-updating PC care service aimed at helping consumers more easily protect
 and maintain their PCs to keep them running well. Now available free to new
 beta testers in the United States, at http://ideas.live.com, Microsoft(R)
 Windows OneCare Live will be available in June from retailers and via the Web
 for an annual subscription of $49.95 MSRP for up to three personal computers.
 To thank its valuable beta customers and offer an easy transition to the paid
 service, Microsoft also announced today a promotional deal offering the first
 year of Windows OneCare Live service for $19.95 to beta customers who become
 subscribers between April 1 and April 30, 2006.
     (Logo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "Consumers have made it clear they need more assistance than what's
 offered today, and we are excited to deliver the value of improved protection
 and maintenance in one comprehensive solution," said Ryan Hamlin, general
 manager of the Technology Care and Safety Group at Microsoft. "Windows OneCare
 Live eases the frustration of protecting your PC and gives consumers greater
 peace of mind so they can spend less time worrying and more time doing the
 things they enjoy."
     Windows OneCare Live helps make it simpler and easier for consumers to
 enhance the overall health of their personal computers by offering automated
 protection, maintenance, performance tuning and support in an all-in-one
 package. Hundreds of thousands of people have tested Windows OneCare Live
 since the beta was launched in November 2005, and Microsoft has continually
 added features -- such as backup for external hard drives -- based on their
 feedback. People have particularly liked the simplicity of the all-in-one
 nature of the service and, according to recent surveys conducted by Microsoft
 with Windows OneCare Live beta testers, the vast majority of testers said they
 would recommend it to a friend or relative.
 
     Designed to Fit Customer Needs
     Microsoft research showed that most people's computers are insufficiently
 protected from threats such as viruses because users find the protection
 process confusing and frustrating, and even if they once had protection
 services on their computers, they are often out of date. Many others have
 rarely, if ever, backed up the important data on their PCs or regularly run
 the performance maintenance tasks needed to keep their computers running well
 -- which is risky in a digital age when consumers rely more and more on their
 PCs in their daily lives. As a part of Microsoft's overarching efforts to
 deliver software and services that better protect customers, Windows OneCare
 Live provides a "just take care of it for me" service that keeps consumers'
 needs at the center of the experience. When available as a paid subscription
 service in June, Windows OneCare Live will include the following features:
 
      *    Protection Plus includes anti-virus and firewall protection and
           automatic updates, as well as anti-spyware functionality powered by
           Windows(R) Defender, to help protect the PC and the customer.
      *    Performance Plus delivers regular PC tuneups to help maintain
           computer performance and reliability.
      *    Backup and Restore delivers easy-to-use backup and restore
           functionality for the full PC.
      *    Help and Support provides effective help when needed through a
           variety of modes -- e-mail, phone and chat -- with all service
           support coming from PC care experts at Microsoft for no additional
           charge.
 
     Those who want to participate in the free beta test of Window OneCare Live
 until April 30 should visit http://ideas.live.com .
 
     About MSN and Windows Live
     MSN(R) attracts more than 440 million unique users worldwide per month.
 With localized 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(TM), 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 Nov. 1, 2005; these and future beta updates can
 be found at http://ideas.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 is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows OneCare, Windows, MSN and Windows Live are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United
 States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp.
 (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today announced final licensing and pricing information for its
 soon-to-be-released Windows OneCare(TM) Live, the all-in-one, automatic and
 self-updating PC care service aimed at helping consumers more easily protect
 and maintain their PCs to keep them running well. Now available free to new
 beta testers in the United States, at http://ideas.live.com, Microsoft(R)
 Windows OneCare Live will be available in June from retailers and via the Web
 for an annual subscription of $49.95 MSRP for up to three personal computers.
 To thank its valuable beta customers and offer an easy transition to the paid
 service, Microsoft also announced today a promotional deal offering the first
 year of Windows OneCare Live service for $19.95 to beta customers who become
 subscribers between April 1 and April 30, 2006.
     (Logo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "Consumers have made it clear they need more assistance than what's
 offered today, and we are excited to deliver the value of improved protection
 and maintenance in one comprehensive solution," said Ryan Hamlin, general
 manager of the Technology Care and Safety Group at Microsoft. "Windows OneCare
 Live eases the frustration of protecting your PC and gives consumers greater
 peace of mind so they can spend less time worrying and more time doing the
 things they enjoy."
     Windows OneCare Live helps make it simpler and easier for consumers to
 enhance the overall health of their personal computers by offering automated
 protection, maintenance, performance tuning and support in an all-in-one
 package. Hundreds of thousands of people have tested Windows OneCare Live
 since the beta was launched in November 2005, and Microsoft has continually
 added features -- such as backup for external hard drives -- based on their
 feedback. People have particularly liked the simplicity of the all-in-one
 nature of the service and, according to recent surveys conducted by Microsoft
 with Windows OneCare Live beta testers, the vast majority of testers said they
 would recommend it to a friend or relative.
 
     Designed to Fit Customer Needs
     Microsoft research showed that most people's computers are insufficiently
 protected from threats such as viruses because users find the protection
 process confusing and frustrating, and even if they once had protection
 services on their computers, they are often out of date. Many others have
 rarely, if ever, backed up the important data on their PCs or regularly run
 the performance maintenance tasks needed to keep their computers running well
 -- which is risky in a digital age when consumers rely more and more on their
 PCs in their daily lives. As a part of Microsoft's overarching efforts to
 deliver software and services that better protect customers, Windows OneCare
 Live provides a "just take care of it for me" service that keeps consumers'
 needs at the center of the experience. When available as a paid subscription
 service in June, Windows OneCare Live will include the following features:
 
      *    Protection Plus includes anti-virus and firewall protection and
           automatic updates, as well as anti-spyware functionality powered by
           Windows(R) Defender, to help protect the PC and the customer.
      *    Performance Plus delivers regular PC tuneups to help maintain
           computer performance and reliability.
      *    Backup and Restore delivers easy-to-use backup and restore
           functionality for the full PC.
      *    Help and Support provides effective help when needed through a
           variety of modes -- e-mail, phone and chat -- with all service
           support coming from PC care experts at Microsoft for no additional
           charge.
 
     Those who want to participate in the free beta test of Window OneCare Live
 until April 30 should visit http://ideas.live.com .
 
     About MSN and Windows Live
     MSN(R) attracts more than 440 million unique users worldwide per month.
 With localized 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(TM), 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 Nov. 1, 2005; these and future beta updates can
 be found at http://ideas.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 is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows OneCare, Windows, MSN and Windows Live are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United
 States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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