Posted by: kurtsh | June 24, 2009

BETA: Microsoft Security Essentials (a.k.a. “Morro”) now available in Beta

imageAre you a consumer interested in a no-cost anti-malware/anti-virus product that provides real-time protection to address the ongoing security needs of a Windows PC?

Enter “Microsoft Security Essentials”.

 

WHAT IS MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS?
Microsoft Security Essentials is essentially our free anti-virus product for consumers based on the same #1 detection engine built into Microsoft’s Enterprise/Corporate anti-malware security & protection software, “Forefront for Clients & Servers”. 

Today, few do a better job of protecting desktops & servers from new virus, worm, and trojan threats than Microsoft’s Anti-Malware engine.  This is why “Microsoft Forefront Security for Clients” was ranked in the top 3 anti-virus products specifically for undiscovered or ‘zero-day’ threats, recently  outperforming common  names such as Symantec, Computer Associates, McAfee, TrendMicro, Kaspersky, and other smaller names like AVG and Panda.

 

HOW DO I GET IT?
Microsoft Security Essentials is available to the first 75,000 visitors at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials.  It will be accessible to beta testers in English in the US and Israel as well as Brazilian Portuguese testers.  Support for Simplified Chinese in China is scheduled to follow in 30 days.

Microsoft Security Essentials is scheduled to release in the second half of 2010 in 19 geographies.

 

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FOREFRONT CLIENT SECURITY & MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS

Feature

Forefront Client Security

Microsoft Security Essentials

Pricing $12.72 Free
Support Email & Phone, including Premier Support Community & email support only
Antivirus/Antispyware Yes Yes
Rootkit Protection Yes Yes
Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Support Yes Yes
Group Policy Controls Yes No
Centralized Management & Reporting Yes No
Integrated Host Firewall Management Yes No
Security State Assessments & Remediation Yes No
Network Access Protection Integration Yes No
External Device Control Yes No
Automatic Endpoint Discovery Yes No
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