New Alliances Continue Momentum for Windows Live OneCare

Editor’s Note, July 29, 2008 –
The name of the West Coast Labs certification received by Windows Live OneCare was updated to correct an error at time of publication.

REDMOND, Wash. — July 29, 2008 — 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


  • OLIDATA S.p.A.

  • Hyrican Informationsysteme AG

  • Sotec Company Ltd.


  • 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.

About Windows Live OneCare

Windows Live OneCare is available at local computer stores as well as via the Internet for an estimated retail price of $49.95 (U.S.), with each license covering up to three computers. Windows Live OneCare is available in 20 countries and in eight languages. Additional information and a free 90-day trial of Windows Live OneCare are available at

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