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Microsoft seeks to increase system revenues

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by Brian Turner
Microsoft seeks to increase system revenues

Microsoft has announced that it will implement a subscription service for home PC users.

The new system, called Windows OneCare, will provide automatic virus and spyware protection as well as other services intended to make PCs run faster, the company said.

The security features will likely be a main selling point for the new service, especially since Microsoft has recently come in forcriticism over holes in Windows security that left users vulnerable to spyware and viruses.

The company said that a test version of the service would be available later this year, but they did not say when they planned to formally launch the service, which would charge a subscription fee rather than the traditional one-time licensing fee Windows users have paid in the past.

This will provide a major source of new revenue for Microsoft.

Besides the security features, new service will include automatic file back-up and software tools such as disk-clean up and decrementing of the hard drive.

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