I'm very excited to announce that today, the MMPC is opening a new research and response lab in Munich, Germany!

Why Munich? Well, this central location in Europe enables the MMPC to be more agile in responding to threats across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The new lab complements the existing European antimalware lab in Dublin, Ireland. Both of these labs will be led by 20-year veteran antimalware researcher Katrin Totcheva.

Katrin is here with me, in Munich, for the opening of the new lab, and to introduce the new members of our team of researchers into the MMPC family. We now have research and response labs in Redmond, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; Munich, Germany; and additional researchers located in New York, Los Angeles and Beijing. As we see adoption of our products and services increasing internationally – such as Office 365, Internet Explorer 9, Windows InTune and Bing – the MMPCs global presence lets us respond quickly and effectively to the changing threat landscape. I’m proud of the significant investment Microsoft has made, and continues to make, in protecting our customers.

You’ll see the results of the research carried out in these labs in our products and services, including Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender, as well as the Microsoft Forefront suite of products.

If you’d like more information about the MMPC and the technologies we support, we recently published two new whitepapers; Malware Research and Response at Microsoft, which describes how our team works, and Introducing Microsoft Antimalware Technologies, which gives more background on the antimalware engine.

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For now, Auf Wiedersehen from Germany!

Vinny