Cool! But wait – Microsoft is giving away something for FREE? Am I dreaming? You better believe it, though. The software giant is jumping into the freeware fray with their latest security product. Dubbed Microsoft Security Essentials, the program is designed to detect, find, and kill malicious software that might find its way into your computers.
The beta version will be released next week. In the meantime, the company is continuing to develop the full version of the product, which is slated to be released in the fall. The security software is not going to be bundled with Windows 7, as this may provoke anti-trust issues, which Microsoft has had more than its share of. Still, critics have not been slow to point out that the description of the product is flawed and misleading.
David Cole of Symantec has stated that it is NOT an essential security solution. He also pointed out that users still need protection such as firewalls, spam fighters, and other features that are included in subscription products.
So what does Microsoft Security Essentials really offer? According to Theresa Burch, the program will try to spot malicious software, even if it is not part of the database of known threats. Once the suspicion of the software is aroused, it will first check with online servers before allowing the program to run. Users do not have to worry about the program interfering with trusted sources, however, as there will be a list of those, such as Google Toolbar.
I think I’ll see what it has to offer next week.