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Microsoft's Live OneCare To Be in Qwest Offering

Microsoft Corp. said Monday that its Internet security software will be included with Qwest's high-speed Internet service.

Microsoft Corp. said Monday that its Internet security software will be included with Qwest's high-speed Internet service, marking the first such partnership for the software company's new online product.

Windows Live OneCare, which aims to protect users from Internet attacks and keep PCs running smoothly, will be offered at no additional cost to Qwest's broadband subscribers along with Windows Live-branded e-mail and other programs, the companies said. A launch date hasn't been set.

Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc. already offers its broadband clients a set of features under Microsoft's MSN online brand. They include e-mail accounts, junk mail filters and Microsoft rival McAfee Inc.'s Internet virus scanning.

Qwest spokeswoman Kate Varden said customers will have the choice of sticking with the MSN and McAfee offering or switching to Windows Live when it launches.

Windows Live is Microsoft's brand name for a set of mostly free Web-based products that compete with similar services from companies such as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. OneCare, which launched last week, is a paid offering that competes with rival security products from companies such as McAfee and Symantec Corp.

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