Coming Soon: Windows Live OneCare for Server

Posted by sumeethevans on February 24 2008, 1:21 PM. Posted in OneCare.

Steven VanRoekel, senior director of Windows Server Product Solutions, and I discussed the new product in a Microsoft Watch podcast posted today.

"This is something new," VanRoekel said. "Windows Live OneCare for Server is a one-year server anti-virus engine."

The software will be bundled with Small Business Server and Essential Server 2008 editions, along with a one-year subscription to Forefront for Exchange. "We've taken a different tact on connecting subscription services with the core infrastructure," VanRoekel said about the bundling.

I asked if Microsoft planned to extend Windows Live OneCare for Server bundling to the desktop.

"No. We're not doing any client AV with this wave. We think that's part of the partner opportunity with the product," VanRoekel said.

The Microsoft senior director didn't discuss discreet pricing, but Windows Live OneCare for Server would be part of the purchase price of the new small business and midmarket server software.

I asked about discreet pricing because Microsoft will offer the software for at least one other product: Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition.

"As far as other support across the server SKUs, I'm not part of that group, and they haven't made announcements of that yet," VanRoekel said. "But it's something I definitely think that they're looking at.

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