May 31, 2006 8:18 AM PDT

Symantec challenge to OneCare faces delay

SAN MATEO, Calif.--Symantec's next-generation security software is officially named Norton 360 and faces a delay from the original September due date.

Word of the delay comes as Microsoft is starting to ship its Windows Live OneCare security product and a day after McAfee announced its Falcon project for new, integrated consumer security software, slated for delivery this summer.

Symantec unveiled plans for its new software, then code-named Genesis, in February. The product is to rival Microsoft's OneCare and Windows Vista security technology, and will integrate components of Symantec's current security, PC optimization and backup products, the security company has said.

On Wednesday, Symantec announced that Genesis will be called Norton 360 and that the product is slated to ship by the end of March next year, a change from the original September due date. Yet the product may still ship before that new target date, Enrique Salem, group president of consumer products at Symantec, said in a presentation at the company's meeting for financial analysts here.

"We're currently targeting to have the code available in Q4 (the fourth quarter)," Salem said. "In July, we will make a large public beta available. The feedback from our customers, the feedback from our channel partners, will help us decide when we make the product available to our customers."

Norton 360 is part of Symantec's broader vision for the next generation of online security, coined Security 2.0. The beta test program for the product will begin with a closed trial for invited testers, followed by a public test this summer, Symantec said in a statement.

When it ships, Norton 360 is planned to be available worldwide with support for both Windows XP and the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

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I never liked Norton..
And what's with the "360" name? HMM...We've not heard that before (CNN, Yahoo, Xbox...) Why not call it Norton 365 or Norton 24/7? IMO that's better fitting for a software which always protects your PC.
Posted by PCCRomeo (432 comments )
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Norton 0
Why not call it Norton 0, for zero value and support for a lot more than zero dollars. Microsoft Onecare cost $50 for 3 pcs. I wonder what Symantec will try to rip off the uninformed computer user for?
Posted by als (154 comments )
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Actually, 360 resembles a revolution in their software. A complete turn-around or makeover of their product.
Posted by Mytholody (1 comment )
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Norton 360?
What is this, bloatware for my xbox360 designed to slow it down?

/Sorry for the troll, but I really don't like Symantec
Posted by sidewinder (41 comments )
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Symantec's (Genesis) Norton 306; I can hardly Wait!!
I am a true believer Symantec's Norton products for 6 years.

I currently using Norton GoBack 3, Norton Internet security 2006; so if there is going to be a better, more inclusive Norton product...

I say Bring it On, YEAH!!
Posted by rsbc-1886219258155789756648793 (3 comments )
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Disappointing that Symantec will be late to the Market
I cannot believe Symantec is late to the Market. Microsoft always looks out for these kinds of missteps from its competitors!!!
Posted by Tanjore (322 comments )
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Symantec not for many!
Symantec softwares are meant only for fast machines with good enough of RAM, because it eats up lot of resources. I was using Symantec systemworks for the last 3 years, but i had to quit because it made my system too slow to work on!
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