Microsoft has announced that it is to introduce a parental control service within its upcoming Windows Live service and Windows Vista operating system. This service will enable parents to monitor what their children do on the Internet, and will make it possible for parents to also set limits on the sites they can visit. Currently in beta phase, the service will include content filtering for the web, contact list management tools, and online activity reports.

"Online safety for children is a crucial issue facing families today," said Blake Irving, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s MSN division. "We’ve heard a universal concern about exposure to unwanted content regardless of age, and Windows Live Family Settings will help here as well."