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What happened to OneCare?

What happened to OneCare?

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OneCare subscribers currently enjoy the benefits of always-on virus, spyware and malware protection, centralized backup to keep personal information safe, and management features to keep PC’s optimized and running smoothly. But a majority of consumers around the world do not have up-to-date antivirus, antispyware and antimalware protection.

In hopes of getting more consumers protected, this week, Microsoft announced that it will offer a new security solution to consumers at no cost beginning in the second half of calendar year 2009. This new offering will focus on getting the majority of consumers the essential protection they need by providing comprehensive, real-time anti-malware protection, covering such threats as viruses, spyware, rootkits, trojans, and other emerging threats, in a single, focused solution.

In order for us to focus on delivering this new security solution to millions of customers around the world, we have decided to phase out Windows Live OneCare and will discontinue retail sales of Windows Live OneCare subscription service beginning June 30, 2009.

For more information, see the remainder of the OneCare Team blog entry at!C29701F38A601141!10418.entry.

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  • Is the firewall going away?  Or will it be rolled into Morro?  As a OneCare subscriber, and someone who has recommended it to friends and family, I would like to know what kind of guidance to give people going forward.  OneCare may have been a kind of "cobbled together" solution that brought together a bunch of disparate pieces, most of which we already had, but it works.  I am testing PC Advisor right now; maybe we will see them roll some of the existing functionality over there.

  • Questions like that really need to be asked and hopefully answered on the OneCare team blog.

  • If a free system will be released what about those of us who are paying $49 for their renewal of OneCare?