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Microsoft Security Essentials beta now available

by Parm Mann on 23 June 2009, 16:32

Tags: Security Essentials, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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As expected, Microsoft has today launched a beta of its freeware anti-virus solution dubbed Microsoft Security Essentials.

The software, previously codenamed Morro, is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions at Microsoft.com/Security_Essentials. The bad news is that it's only available to users in the US, Brazil and Israel. A beta release in China is expected to take place within a month, but no dates have been announced for availability in other regions.

The beta will remain usable until the final product launches later this year, and if you're in the US, Brazil or Israel, we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with the software in the HEXUS.community forums.

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Seems like a fairly strange mixture of countries to launch in!

Maybe they are avoiding the EU due to competition issues…
I've read elsewhere that the team is based in Isreal, hence releasing the beta there.
Microsoft's Security team is located in Israel, I find that kinda funny. :shaun:
Why Infinite, lots of very good research in security is done there!

In fact the area is very famous in cyrptogrophy circles apparently, off the top of my head, the last exploit i ‘researched’ with regards to sniffing the WEP key was a project from that area.
Must be avoiding the EU as they would fine them for making it harder for other av companies :P.