Today Microsoft released Windows Live OneCare 2.0 beta for download. The beta version is available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74137 .
Windows Live OneCare delivers all-in-one PC care with powerful protection and simple PC maintenance for consumers and small businesses. Specifically, OneCare makes it easy to manage multiple PCs, adds new options for data backup and provides enhanced security for your home or small office.
Windows OneCare 2.0 beta offers several new options to help keep PCs and networks safe, reliable and performing well. In addition to multi-PC and home network management, Windows Live OneCare 2.0 offers the following new features:
· Printer sharing support. Makes it easy to connect printers to local networks so all users in the vicinity can use the same printer.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?><o:p></o:p>
· Proactive fixes and recommendations. As part of the tune-up process, OneCare also looks at the configuration of the user’s system and makes proactive fixes and recommendations to improve the computing experience.<o:p></o:p>
· Start-time optimizer. Speeds PC boot time by removing rarely used applications from start-up menu.<o:p></o:p>
· Monthly reports. Provides a summary in the Windows Live OneCare dialogue box of key activities and recommended actions for all PCs in a local network.
· Centralized backup. OneCare enables the user 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 Folders (available at an extra cost)
· Wi-Fi connection security. Makes it easy to secure home WiFi connection and helps protect privacy in wireless data transfers.
Customers who download Windows Vista Live beta 2 are encouraged to provide their feedback as services evolve. This is one way Microsoft demonstrates its innovation and commitment to providing customers with great products and services.