Participation in a beta is usually its own reward, but hats off to Microsoft on this one. All Windows Live OneCare beta users receive a 60% discount on the yearly service, which will be fully priced at $49.95. If you hurry and install the beta before April 30, your first year subscription will only set you back $19.95, and that price covers up to three computers. You do have to purchase your first year by this date as well to take advantage of the special offer.
Windows Live OneCare is the all-in-one package that includes antivirus, antispyware, firewall, performance tune-ups, and file backup and restore functionality. I’ve used it on one of my PCs for some time and I’ve found it to be very effective and non-intrusive; so much so that I’ve removed similar utilities from Symantic and McAfee.