Windows Live OneCare – ICSA Labs and WCL Labs certified
My name is Girish Bablani and I am the engineering manager for Windows Live OneCare. Yoav thought it would be interesting for some of the managers on the OneCare effort to share their thoughts on the product and so here I am.
I have been a reader of this space and now am really excited to be blogging on it as well. I think this forum is invaluable for exchanging views between the people working on the product and you who are really helping us make the product better.
Today I will talk about 2 things – Windows Live OneCare earning industry certifications and share a personal experience with OneCare Advisories.
Windows Live OneCare becomes a certified service
First, we have some great news to share. The final version of Windows Live OneCare – coming soon to a retail store near you – has been certified by ICSA Labs as an effective solution to combat viruses and other forms of malicious code as well as providing a quality firewall service. In addition, OneCare has achieved West Coast Lab’s Checkmark certification, meeting the lab’s criteria for protection against malware. These certifications are evidence of our commitment to deliver a comprehensive, quality PC Care product and another key milestone in the product development process.
For those of you unfamiliar with the certification process – in short, it is an official recognition from an independent 3rd party organization that OneCare is effective in helping protect your PC from malware. This means that our customers can be more confident than ever that OneCare is effectively helping protect their PCs. We’ve worked hard to achieve this important certification and we’re thrilled that we get to share this news with all of you. This is a major milestone and we thank you – our customers – for helping us get there. We also want to thank our partner teams for helping us get there – see Matt Braverman’s blog for more on this topic: http://blogs.technet.com/antimalware/archive/2006/05/25/430279.aspx
Windows Live OneCare Advisory – A Story
Second, I wanted to share a story with you which was very motivating for me and keeps on reminding me how much we can simplify a customer’s life by having a service backing up our software. If you remember in late November there was an attack with a new variant of the Sober worm which was characterized as the biggest virus outbreak ever by some media. The story on the attack and the virus was all over the media, and of course people who read or heard the news were nervous about whether they were protected or not. One such person happened to be my neighbor. He was someone who I had persuaded to install OneCare. Anyway to cut a long story short, when our operations team realized that the Sober news was blanketing the world they sent out an advisory that stated that if a OneCare machine was “green” it