New Alliances Continue Momentum for Windows Live OneCare

Posted by bink on July 30 2008, 2:24 AM. Posted in OneCare.

Manufacturers choose Microsoft’s all-in-one security suite to help protect and maintain their customers’ PCs.

To address the growing security and management needs of today’s new PC user, Microsoft Corp. is working with 11 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Sony Corporation of America and Toshiba Asia Pacific to preinstall trial subscriptions of Windows Live OneCare on select new PCs across North America, Europe and Asia. Windows Live OneCare provides all-in-one security and anti-malware protection for consumers and small businesses along with tools that automate and simplify PC management and performance.

“Microsoft and Sony share the same goal of helping our customers get the most from their PC experience,” said Xavier Lauwaert of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics. “Through this alliance, Windows Live OneCare will provide our customers with a simple solution to help them maintain and secure their new PC.”

Consumers in more than 12 countries can now better protect and maintain their new PC with a free trial of Windows Live OneCare with the following hardware providers:

MDG Computers Canada Inc.

LEO Gesellschaft für Computer & Kommunikation mbH

WORTMANN AG

OLIDATA S.p.A.

Hyrican Informationsysteme AG

Sotec Company Ltd.

TICNOVA QUALITY TEAM, S.L.

Sony Corporation of America

Toshiba Asia Pacific

“Consumers have told us they want an easier, more automated experience with the security and overall health of their PCs,” said Amy Barzdukas, senior director of Windows Live OneCare at Microsoft. “Through these alliances, we are addressing the needs of new PC users who want to easily protect, backup and maintain their new PC right out of the box.”

Easy PC Management and Certified Protection

As consumer demand for new PCs continues to rise, so does the need for an effective solution that helps optimize and secure today’s advanced hardware. From setting up a wireless home network and centralizing photo and document backup to eliminating unused programs that can slow down system boot time, Windows Live OneCare provides the all-in-one solution consumers need to simplify management, security and care of multiple PCs.

Consumers also can find peace of mind knowing that Windows Live OneCare is certified by ICSA Labs, an industry authority for research, intelligence and certification testing of security products. In addition, Windows Live OneCare has received a Checkmark certification from West Coast Labs, recognized as a leading standard in the United States and the de facto standard in Europe for security product certification and testing to real-world standards. Windows Live OneCare also works with built-in features in Windows Vista such as Parental Controls to enhance the Windows experience.