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Windows Live OneCare Family Safety hits Beta 2

December 10th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Finally – a new release of Windows Live OneCare Family Safety (FSS for short). Although the new features cannot be said as yet, all the bugs which were previously submitted have been stamped out and Microsoft are ready to send out Beta 2 of the software.

FSS is client and web based software – which depends on a parent’s Windows Live ID to set options, levels of security, what the child can go on and what they can’t, and it depends on the child’s or children’s Windows Live ID to logon to use the Internet and therefore the parent’s settings are enforced.

This allows children to safely view the web and have restricted to them most of the bad content out there. Windows Live OneCare Family Safety is designed for Windows XP SP2 machines only – it will not be released initially to Windows Vista users as they already have Parental Controls in the Control Panel to play with.

Here’s what Microsoft had to say:

We’re very excited to announce that December 11th will be the Windows Live OneCare Family Safety Beta Refresh! Over the next few days, you may see a preview of the refreshed Family Safety website as we update our servers and transition them over to the new content and functionality. The website update will be final by Monday. The client software is also being updated in parallel and we expect the client download to be ready by Monday also, but you may not see the “toast” notification to update your client until Tuesday the 12th.

The Beta 2 software will be available shortly – on Monday or Tuesday.

Windows Live OneCare:
OneCare Family Safety:
FSS Team Blog:

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4 Responses

  1. Emexci Says:

    that update is since 1 month or ?

  2. someone Says:

    WTF! Parental controls are only in Home versions of Vista…in fact they’re in Home Basic but not in Business Edition. MS should simply rename parental controls to Access Controls and bundle them with every windows edition. At least I find the functionality equivalent of Parental controls (such as restricting anything on a fine-grained level) missing in the Business and Enterprise editions.

  3. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Well duhh… yeh of course the Business editions won’t have Parental Controls. Home users can only get Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate – all of which have Parental Controls. FSS will not be compatible with these versions, as they already have their own in-built software (as we’ve already established). Vista Business and Vista Enterprise will not be compatible with FSS either as it’s designed for home users and not business or enterprise versions.

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