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Microsoft kills OneCare & Office package

Equipt subscribers to get refund

Microsoft is discontinuing its Equipt package of software and services, which includes Office Home and Student 2007, OneCare, Office Live Workspaces, Windows Live Mail, Live Messenger and Live Photo.

Equipt is a subscription-based package Microsoft launched last year. The company said it will discontinue the service after April 30 2009, citing its recent decision to kill Windows Live OneCare and offer a free antivirus product, codenamed Morro, in its place.

"To help address the growing need for essential PC protection, Microsoft recently announced that it will be offering consumers a no-cost, anti-malware-focused security solution and will discontinue Windows Live OneCare," says a note on Microsoft's site.

"As a result of this new offering and the discontinuation of OneCare, Microsoft Equipt, which includes a subscription to OneCare, will be discontinued after April 30, 2009."

Microsoft Equipt customers will be credited for the unused portion of their subscription and will continue to have full use of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 after April 30, Microsoft said.


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