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Microsoft Revs Security Service

A decidedly retail-oriented onslaught of home PC care products sparked mixed reaction from value-added service providers that thus far have been shut out of the market.

Microsoft switched on its retail- and download-only Windows Live OneCare service last week. OneCare, like the Symantec Norton 360 and McAfee “Falcon” subscription services to follow, promises to automatically update antispyware profiles and antivirus status, and ease backups and other updates on a subscription basis. Microsoft is charging $49.95 per year for use on three PCs.

Neither Symantec nor McAfee, which last week preannounced their subscription-based security services, were willing to articulate exactly how channel partners would be involved in selling them.

A Symantec spokesman said the vendor plans to make Norton 360 available to white-box builders and VARs but declined further comment.

Norton 360 originally was intended to ship this summer but now isn’t due until next March. Symantec also last week introduced Norton Confidential, a consumer security offering to combat threats from “crimeware” and phishing that the Cupertino, Calif.-based vendor plans to roll out by the end of the year.

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