Microsoft has announced deals with a number of computer hardware manufacturers to pre-install Windows Live OneCare on new computers, including Sony Corporation of America and Toshiba Asia Pacific.
Consumers in more than 12 countries can now better protect and maintain their new PC with a free trial of Windows Live OneCare with the following hardware providers:
— MDG Computers Canada Inc.
— LEO Gesellschaft fur Computer & Kommunikation mbH
— WORTMANN AG
— OLIDATA S.p.A.
— Hyrican Informationsysteme AG
— Sotec Company Ltd.
— TICNOVA QUALITY TEAM, S.L.
— Sony Corporation of America
— Toshiba Asia Pacific
While the practice of pre-installing software on new hardware has been blamed recently for perceived poor performance in computer boot-up times, Windows Live OneCare actually includes a boot manager to eliminate programs that can slow boot times, as well as managers for wifi and printer setup that make setting up a new computer easier.