Microsoft has released a public beta of the next version of its health and protection suite, Windows Live OneCare. The new version adds international support, better integration of its anti-virus (AV) and anti-spyware capabilities, more extensive backup options, and support for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system.
"Windows Live OneCare 1.5 will evolve throughout the beta process, based on internal testing and consumer feedback," a Microsoft spokesperson said. "Microsoft plans to release these features to both existing and new subscribers during the Windows Vista general availability timeframe."
Windows Live OneCare 1.5 beta is now available in 17 localized editions the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland. (The shipping 1.0 version was available only in the US.) The new version can also back up to network computers and USB-based storage devices.
Users interested in testing Windows Live OneCare 1.5 can download a free version of the beta that will work for 90 days. Current OneCare customers can upgrade to the 1.5 beta version if they'd like.