Has a nice ring to it, don’t? Yesterday I blogged about an early leak of what appeared to be Microsoft’s forthcoming AntiVirus and AntiSpyware technology, code named ‘Morro’. That build has now been confirmed as rather old with the release (leak) of a new build carrying the said to be official brand name "Microsoft Security Essentials’. Arstechnica’s One Microsoft Way blog provides a thorough gallery of screenshots detailing everything from setup to working in a much slicker UI than what we saw yesterday.
Microsoft Security Essentials
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What I find most surprising yet very welcoming about Security Essentials is the size of the installer, ranging from 3 to 7 MBs depending on which Windows platform you install it on. I honestly hope Microsoft provides a single 32 and 64 bit installer instead of the array of installers for XP, XP x64, Vista x64, Vista x86. The interface looks clean, easy to use and navigate. If it works as good as it looks, then I will gladly replace my Symantec EndPoint subscription.
It is not known whether Security Essentials will come bundled with Windows 7, but I personally wouldn’t mind as I believe just like other functionality that has been consumed by operating system’s over the years, security technology such as Antivirus and AntiSpyware should be a fundamental part of the OS. Did I mention how small in size the installer is too? I can’t wait to test this utility! I hope the Windows Live Team includes this in the next version of Windows Live Essentials too since it would complete the suites focus on providing a end to end set of experiences for consumers.
Elinor Mills of CNET’s Security blog notes that the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials will be made available next week, June 23rd.