Microsoft delivers new versions of Microsoft OneCare, Office Accounting

Microsoft delivers new versions of Microsoft OneCare, Office Accounting

Summary: On November 14, Microsoft released the 2.0 release of its Windows Live OneCare PC security/health service, as well as the 2008 version of its Office Accounting suite for small businesses.

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On November 14, Microsoft released the 2.0 release of its Windows Live OneCare PC security/health service, as well as the 2008 version of its Office Accounting suite for small businesses.

Microsoft delivers new versions of Microsoft OneCare, Office AccountingThe final version of Windows Live OneCare 2.0, a beta build of which Microsoft released to testers in July, doesn't look a whole lot different in its final form from the test versions. The focus in the new OneCare release is on improving multiple PC coverage for users with broadband and/or wireless networking at home, said Lead Product Manager Larry Brennan.

The 2.0 build provides a single management view of covered OneCare PCs, which will allow users to monitor the safety status of all PCs in a "OneCare Circle" and to resolve problems on any of them with one click. Other features Microsoft has added since the 1.5 release include support for printer sharing; Proactive Fixes and Recommendations (which handle problems like jobs stuck in print queues); and a system Start Time Optimizer that lets users know about infrequently used software they can opt to eliminate from their startup menus.

The price for Windows Live OneCare 2.0 stays at $49.95 (for up to three PCs) for a year. The product is available for download via the Web, as well as from online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Existing OneCare customers automatically will be upgraded for free to the 2.0 release, Microsoft said.

Office Accounting 2008 is an enhanced version of Office Accounting 2007. The 2008 edition adds a bilingual Spanish-English version for the U.S.-based Hispanic market and a customized version for the U.K. New features include simplified company set-up; bugeting functionality; universal transaction import; additional bulk e-mail invoicing; and easier conversion from sales orders to purchase orders.

Microsoft's new small-business accounting product continues to come in two flavors: Profesional ($199.95 U.S.); and Express (free), aimed at startups and home-based businesses. Both editions may be downloaded from the Microsoft Ideawins site.

Topics: Operating Systems, Banking, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Microsoft, Software, Windows, SMBs

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Look for Office Accounting...

    to make a big splash in the Tier-3 MRP market soon. The biggest thing that seperates Tier-2 from Tier-3 is basic accounting/financial functionality. Office Accounting provides that functionality in a way that developers can leverage the crap out of. As long as it's no more buggy than the alternatives, it is priced well below any commercial competition that can match it on the API front.
    jasonp@...
  • What's Up with Office Accounting 2007 Quiet Update?

    Mary Jo,
    Maybe your sources can get this story. All my Office Accounting Pro 2007 installs got some kind of "quiet update" lately (I was out of town, it could have happened Wednesday or earlier). The update disconnected the client software from the database. When I reconnected it to the database, OAP2007 declared that the database had to be updated to the "current release of the software" and I was taken through several screens to rebuild the database. I could not find evidence of any update in the Windows Update log, but something drastic certainly happened! It's a good product, but somebody at Microsoft is giving the customers abusive treatment (that's what I call locking out an application without warning, no matter how the operation is restored).
    waltal
    • Quiet Update

      That's really odd. And bad. They should at least give you the option of postponing the update. I will ask them for comment and post an update to this post if/when I get one. Thanks.
      Mary Jo Foley
  • ONE CARE

    How long before Microsoft forces this program on users. It's a horrid program! They are already slipping little nasties in with the Tuesday updates!
    aussieblnd@...
    • Then why do you use it?

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      Mujibahr
    • Updates

      Not a single issue for me, on multiple machines.

      As far as I can tell this whole update twist we read about recently doesn't exist.
      crypt2121