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    Windows LiveTM OneCareTM 2.0 Beta Is Here!

    We’ve been working hard over the past year building new features and adding better protection into OneCare for you. We released the public beta of OneCare 2.0 on July 11th, and have been actively monitoring your feedback as we continue to refine the product before we release the final version. We thought now would be a good time to take a bit of a break and share with you some news about OneCare and our beta. If you know of someone who is interested in helping us test OneCare 2.0 beta, please let them know the beta is available at http://get.live.com/betas/onecare_betas

    Remember, if you’re thinking about introducing a friend or family member to Windows Live OneCare, tell them to visit http://onecare.live.com for the latest released version of the service.

    Focus on v2: Circles

    One of the many new features in our beta release is our support for what we’re calling a "OneCare circle" - the ability to manage up to 3 PCs in your home from one place. We asked Mona Akmal, Program Manager on the OneCare team responsible for circles, to tell us a little bit about how circles were designed and built.

    We recognize that in the modern households or small businesses, many OneCare customers have multiple PCs. This introduces a whole range of complexities and overhead, ranging from sharing common resources like printers between multiple PCs to performing the same tasks on each PC (like backing up data and monitoring PC security). With OneCare 2.0, users will be able to remotely monitor the health of all the PCs in their OneCare circle, perform urgent tasks on their Hub PC targeted towards their remote PCs (e.g. turning on firewall) to get every PC green, configure centralized backup for all PCs and share printers among all PCs in their OneCare circle.

    During the design phase, we had to make many interesting tradeoffs. One of the important ones was about letting users start on-demand scans/tasks on remote PCs versus being limited to performing actions only when they were needed. More is not always better. OneCare has a strong principle of not bothering the user unless absolutely needed. Things should just work! That’s why we decided to only expose the remote task functionality if OneCare has flagged an issue on a remote PC that requires a user action. This means that users will not need to remotely start a hard drive defragment scan on-demand - OneCare is already doing it for them. However if OneCare is unsuccessful, it will provide a remote action for the user to start Tune-up which will run a defragment among other things.

    Another challenging decision was about requiring Live ID credentials as a pre-requisite for any OneCare circle functionality. Even though this does pose one more step the user has to go through, it is necessary in order to associate multiple PCs as belonging to 1 circle. We need to identify 1 user as being the owner of that OneCare circle - that’s where the Live ID credentials come in. OneCare identifies a user based on their Live ID and then makes the association between what PCs this Live ID user owns and can manage.

    We’d love for users to try out adding multiple PCs in their home networks to their OneCare circle and try configuring backup and sharing printers using OneCare. Please send us feedback on the results!

    News and Reviews on OneCare

    Now that the beta has been out for a week, some early reviews are starting to be posted online. Read what others have to say about the beta:

    Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows has an extensive review of the beta, posted just a few days ago. Read what he has to say at http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/wloc2_preview.asp

    CNET News.com reviewed the beta on July 11, 2007, available at http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9742307-7.html

    PC Magazine also posted a review of the beta available at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2156589,00.asp

    How To Send Us Feedback

    The success of the beta is directly related to how much feedback we get. Good and bad, we want to hear from you!

    Please help us by completing an anonymous 5-10 minute Beta Survey. Please don’t delay; the survey will only be available till Tuesday, July 31. We’d really appreciate hearing from you - even if haven’t installed the beta yet! If you have any difficulties signing in to the Beta Survey, please send an email to ocbeta@microsoft.com.

    If you think you’ve found a bug or have a suggestion, tell us about it using our feedback submission form at https://connect.microsoft.com/feedback/default.aspx?SiteID=168 At this site you can also see what other people have already entered, and add an extra vote for the issues that matter most to you.

    If you have a question about the beta or OneCare in general, there are lots of resources to consider. Our forums, located at http://forums.microsoft.com/windowsonecare/default.aspx?siteid=2, are great places to ask questions and discuss OneCare with other like-minded users. Our wiki, located at http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/OneCare.HomePage is full of tips, tricks, and solutions for all sorts of issues. Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget about our beta help center at http://beta2.onecare.live.com/standard_beta/en-us/support/default.htm

    Coming up Next

    We’re working on a refresh of the beta right now to address some of the issues found by you. This will be released in the coming weeks, so please send us your feedback, early and often.

    And finally, we can’t thank all of you enough.  Windows Live OneCare continues to be a success helping people all around the world thanks to the time and effort our beta testers put in. Thank you!


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    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 10:33 PM

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  • Yes, I did think it was a nice newsletter.



    Thursday, July 26, 2007 1:35 AM
  • I was starved for information this news letter had enough to keep me busy

    Thursday, July 26, 2007 1:45 PM