Microsoft Announces Pricing for Windows OneCare Live

Microsoft has announced final pricing information for its soon-to-be-released Windows OneCare Live that helps consumers protect and maintain their PCs.

The service, which is currently free to new beta testers in the United States will be available in June from retailers and via the Web for an annual subscription of $49.95 for up to three personal computers.

Microsoft has also said that it will be offering Windows OneCare Live service for $19.95 to beta customers who become subscribers between April 1 and April 30, 2006.

Microsoft is so far claiming the service has been a huge success with hundreds of thousands of people having tested Windows OneCare Live since the beta was launched in November 2005.

When available as a paid subscription service in June, Windows OneCare Live will include an anti-virus and firewall protection, tune-ups for their PC, backup and restore options and email, phone and chat support.

Americans who want to participate in the free beta test of Windows OneCare Live until April 30 and therefore benefit from the discounted price should sign up before the cut off date.