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Microsoft's Security Rivals Talk Up OneCare Killers

Symantec and McAfee on Tuesday reacted to the imminent launch of Microsoft's Windows OneCare Live by talking up their own, albeit future, subscription security services.

"We understand that OneCare will release as early as later this week," said Marc Solomon, McAfee's director of product management, as he touted the "Falcon" service that the Santa Clara, Calif. company announced Tuesday.

"It's a little bit of shame on us," said Solomon, "but we've had security as a service since 1999. We've let people forget that."

McAfee won't let that happen again, he added, because it will launch Falcon -- a code name for a multi-edition set of security subscriptions -- later this summer. Although details are few, and Solomon would not elaborate or comment on questions regarding such things as pricing or service configurations, Falcon will be a multi-point defensive platform of anti-virus, anti-spyware, and something called "threat watch" technologies.

"The whole purpose of Falcon is to take our experience with security service [and aim] at the threats that are now blending together."

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