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Try it Now, Morro, Microsoft Security Essentials

Try it Now, Morro, Microsoft Security Essentials

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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

  • Shame it only available to US, Chinese and Brazil customers !

  • Was all excited there for a minute...

    Sadly I'm in the UK, and its not available to us (just like the Zune.....).


    Not available in your country or region

    You appear to be in a country or region where the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta is unavailable.

    This beta is available only to customers in the United States, Israel (English only), People's Republic of China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese only).


  • I logged on from the UK, and downloaded MSE without any problems or by doing anything special. I was using Firefox though, so perhaps the apparent restrictions were inadvertently bypassed!

  • Maybe a grammar checker would be helpful?

    "Microsoft have no release a beta of what was Morro, know known as"

  • Dude,

    very true! Grammar check was off line as my migraine was interferring with it and I am a hopeless typist at the best of times, anyway fixed now

  • Mark

    Well that's good to know, hope you like it!


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