It’s a sad fact that anti virus software is an essential part of using a computer in toady’s connected world, and many people baulk at paying extra for this , although it has never been that expensive. Microsoft have released a beta of what was Morro, now known as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). It’s in beta now but this program is only open to the first 750,0000 registrations.
It has a lot in common with Forefront Client Security except that as a free consumer orientated product, it is missing all the manageability of it’s licensed sibling;
- it can’t be controlled by group policy
- it isn’t integrated with System Center
- it isn’t integrated with Network Access Protection (NAP).
This common lineage means it is fit for purpose; the anti-spyware/anti-virus capabilities in Forefront Client Security are good enough to protect 50,000+ of Microsoft’s own PC’s and laptops including mine.
Of course it would be a simple matter to include all of this in the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, but you can imagine that the anti-virus industry and the EU would take a dim view of this so this will be a separate download when it is released.
Note 24/6/09 I have noticed that the site to register is already closed, and I think it may have just been for the US, so sorry about that. When I know more I’ll put up another post