Microsoft Security Essentials Release Is Near Page: 1
Microsoft Security Essentials
 
Microsoft has sent out an email to it's 75,000 Security essentials beta testers today, thanking them for their help, reccomending they upgrade and confirming that it's free anti virus software would be available to the public "in the coming weeks".
 
The application is designed to provide real-time protection against viruses, spyware, rootkit, and Trojans for Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista/7 32-bit, and Windows Vista/7 64-bit systems. It was initially known as Microsoft Morro, until an early build was leaked in June, forcing Microsoft to launch it's beta testing. Security essentials has been introduced, as a free application, to eventually replace the paid-for Live OneCare service. This came as a suprise to many.
 
If you are using the current beta version, then Microsoft advise you to upgrade to the latest build by clicking Upgrade Now in the Home tab, or Upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials in the Help menu.
 
It will be interesting to see how this compares to both the free and paid-for alternatives that are developed by dedicated anti-virus software companies. Discuss in our Forums.