Microsoft released the latest Beta version of its
Live OneCare software, designed to make it easier to secure and maintain multiple PCs on a network.
In the new version, Microsoft's aim was to help consumers better manage their home environment. The company said that most homes now have approximately 2.5 computers. This means that in addition to securing and maintaining multiple PCs, consumers now need to do the extra work associated with connecting devices and securing networks. To ease this burden, Microsoft added to OneCare features such as multi-PC and home network management as well as printer sharing.
This new version also establishes a foundation to better address the needs of small businesses. Many small businesses need to protect and maintain a number of PCs but may not have the resources for extensive onsite IT support. To help solve this problem, Microsoft added centralized backup to OneCare so local back up on a small business network is a simple step instead of a time consuming hassle.
Aside from multiple-PC management, new to OneCare 2.0 is:
- Wi-Fi connection security: Secure your home Wi-Fi connection and protect the privacy of wireless data transfers.
- System start-up time optimizer: Check for ways to shorten PC boot time.
- Online photo backup: Back up photos to Windows Live Folders (additional cost).
- Printer sharing support: Connect printers to a network so that all users in the vicinity can access the same printer.
Windows Onecare 2.0 Beta can be downloaded here