all over the web now http://news.com.com/Security+gripes+Microsoft+feels+your+pain/2100-7355_3-5705430.html?tag=nefd.top http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/13/technology/13soft.html?th=&adxnnl=1&emc=th&adxnnlx=1115983036-pqN6FBHCAUcJT7StfzEJWQ , "A1" goes public http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/may05/05-13WindowsOneCarePR.asp and announced the service on Friday (US time)  Initially rolling internally before public beta later in the year.  Press release only mentions beta availability and availability in the US itself, will post an update when info on NZ becomes available.  Essentially a managed security (PC Health) solution for end users/consumers (automatically updated anti-virus, anti-spyware and two-way firewall - more info below)

 

Info on the service is at http://www.onecare.com which will redirect to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/onecare/default.mspx

 

Windows OneCare is being designed to address core safety concerns such as worms, viruses and spyware, but also to span broader PC health issues: helping protect electronic assets such as digital photos, music, financial data and software; and guarding against performance degradation and system clutter that can result from heavy use. Key capabilities and features of Windows OneCare will include the following:

  • Defense against evolving threats. Windows OneCare will provide automatically updated anti-virus, anti-spyware and two-way firewall protection.
  • Performance and reliability tools. PC owners will be able to choose to have Windows OneCare automatically carry out periodic maintenance tasks such as disk cleanup, hard-drive defragmentation and file repair. The service also will offer boot-time information and proactive support tools to help improve the customer experience.
  • Backup and restore capabilities. Windows OneCare will enable automated backup of files by category on CD and DVD, along with the option to back up all files on the system or only those that have changed since the last time the action was performed. If files are accidentally deleted or corrupted on the PC hard drive, the service is designed to restore saved versions or map them on a new PC.
  • Simple, integrated service experience. PC users will have one simple point of reference for checking the overall health of their system. Windows OneCare will automatically notify users of available updates or other recommended actions and enable users to easily act as needed. Otherwise, the service stays quiet and in the background.