June 20, 2005 5:10 PM PDT

Microsoft seeks testers for antivirus service

Microsoft has begun soliciting testers for OneCare Live, the company's subscription antivirus and anti-spyware service.

In an online posting seeking people to try out the service, Microsoft said that it plans to start testing this summer.

"This new service will be entering its beta testing phase in a few weeks," the company said on its OneCare Web site.

A Microsoft representative said the upcoming limited beta will be followed by a more broadly available public test later this year.

OneCare is set to combine the anti-spyware software that Microsoft has already been publicly testing along with antivirus and firewall software. Microsoft has not announced pricing for OneCare.

Microsoft announced its plans for the service in May. The company has been testing it among Microsoft employees since then, but has said it would begin testing it with outside customers in the summer or fall.

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Pay us to protect you from the flaws in our software?
This sounds like lawsuit waiting to happen. What reason does
Microsoft have to fix security issues when they are making
money on "protecting" people from those issues. Is this legal?
Selling a product with flaws and charging to fix them is
disgusting. It is the same as charging to fix a bug in their
system.

Up next: monthly subscriptions to Microsoft products.
"Office keeps deleting everything I write."
"Sorry you have to pay a monthly fee to be able to use text with
that program."

Something has to be done to stop this giant company from their
disgraceful tactics.They dont even have original innovations to
their software anymore they just wait for other creative
companies to make something innovative and then they copy it,
slowly. Im very sad that they are an American company they act
like Korean car companies stealing designs (Not that the US car
companies are much better).
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A Virus is not a flaw
They are going to protect against virii. There is a difference.

They do not charge for fixing flaws either. Microsoft has the best support program in the industry, bar none.
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