Security suite expected to bring down antivirus prices Tarn Sanders in California, vnunet.com 08 Feb 2006
Microsoft is going to launch its OneCare security suite in the US this June, providing antivirus, anti-spyware, back-up software and system maintenance tools. OneCare also offers a two-way firewall that will filter incoming and outgoing traffic. The Windows XP SP2 firewall only filters incoming traffic.
The suite is for consumers and small businesses and will cost $49.95 a year including updates. Users are allowed to run the software on up to three computers. Microsoft's introduction is expected to upset the current balance of power in the consumer security software segment. The largest providers are currently Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro which charge $69.99, $69.99 and $49.95 a year respectively for products similar to Microsoft's. Brian Hall, group programme manager for Windows OneCare Live, explained that this idea is to compete by offering a comprehensive and easy-to-use suite.
"We found that current products on the market are underused," he told vnunet.com, claiming that 60 to 70 per cent of users do not have up-to-date antivirus software.
Analyst firm Gartner suggested late last year that Microsoft could significantly bring down the competitors` prices by charging as little as $15 per user per PC.
Antivirus prices are going to drop about 10 per cent per year over the next few years, according to Gartner`s predictions.
But the analyst firm also pointed out that existing providers have a 10-year lead over Microsoft, and that the software giant will have to overcome a creditability gap because Windows is considered the weakest link in today's security chain. Microsoft first started talking about OneCare in May last year. A first beta of the product was launched in July. Users can still sign up for the beta on the site. Microsoft has made a few adjustments since the beta was published, adding a feature that enables users to scan the contents of a folder or a single file by right clicking. Another change is the inclusion of Windows Defender Anti Spyware in the suite. The application is now in beta under the name Windows AntiSpyware, but a final version will be released before June. Microsoft will also make Windows AntiSpyware available as a free standalone product. Windows OneCare will be available initially in the US only. Hall declined to give a projected launch date for other countries.
b) Answer the questions.
1. What does OneCare security suite include?
2. Does Windows XP SP2 filter outgoing information?
3. What are the advantages of OneCare security suite?
4. What are the largest security software providers?
5. When was the first beta of the product launched?
6. How can a user scan the contents of a folder?
Ex.3. Use these words and word combinations bellow to retell the article.
to launch, security suite, antivirus software, back-up software, two-way firewall, to filter, incoming and outgoing traffic, updates, up-to-date software, beta, sign up for, scan the contents of a folder, right clicking, an easy to use application
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