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Windows Live OneCare: What's new?

With this new version of Windows Live OneCare, our aim was to help consumers better manage their home environment. Our research has shown that most homes now have approximately 2.5 computers. This means that in addition to securing and maintaining multiple PCs, consumers now need to do the extra work associated with connecting devices and securing networks. To ease this burden, features such as multi-PC and home network management as well as printer sharing have been added to OneCare to help address the needs of the modern home environment.

This new version also establishes a foundation to better fill the needs of small businesses. Many small businesses need to protect and maintain a number of PCs, but may not have the resources for extensive onsite IT support. To help solve this problem, centralized backup has been added to OneCare so local backup on a small business network is a simple step instead of a time consuming hassle.

Here’s a quick overview of the new features added to OneCare version 2.0 to help keep users’ PCs and networks safe, reliable, and performing well:

  • Multi-PC and home network management: Helps ease management of multiple-PC environments by providing a single navigation bar for monitoring the security and maintenance of networked computers. Also enables one-click actions to resolve issues among computers within a home PC network.
  • Printer sharing support: Makes it easy to connect printers to local networks so all users in the vicinity can use the same printer.
  • Start time optimizer: Speeds PC boot time by removing rarely used applications from start-up menu. This helps to address one of the main areas of frustration for PC users as time goes on.
  • Proactive fixes and recommendations: Windows Live OneCare constantly monitors the specific configuration of the user’s system and makes proactive fixes and recommendations to improve the computing experience.
  • WiFi security: Keep your home or small business wireless network safe with the new OneCare WiFi security feature.
  • Centralized backup: Enables users to centrally configure and monitor backups for all PCs covered under the same OneCare subscription, with the data from all PCs backed up to a central location.
  • Online photo backup: Keeps precious photos safe from theft or accidental loss by backing them up to a secure, offsite location in Windows Live (available to OneCare subscribers at an extra cost in the final v2.0 release).
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