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Windows 7: MSE available for FREE to Small Businesses in October !

22 Sep 2010   #1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 
MSE available for FREE to Small Businesses in October !

hi !

MSDN Blogs > Microsoft Partner SMB Community Blog - By Eric Ligman:

"...we are extremely excited today to let you know that Microsoft is making its Microsoft Security Essentials available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for FREE, beginning in early October !"


Announcing: Microsoft Security Essentials available FREE to Small Businesses in October! - Microsoft Partner SMB Community Blog - By Eric Ligman - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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22 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Go MSE!
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22 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I thought MSE was free anyway...?
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22 Sep 2010   #4
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Win7 x64 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BCXtreme View Post
I thought MSE was free anyway...?
That's what I was thinking.
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22 Sep 2010   #5

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

it most probably says somewhere in the EULA: "for personal use only" or something similar,
which would explain the "News" for small businesses...


i found this after some research:
"Originally released last year for single-PC use at home, Microsoft Security Essentials was designed as a comprehensive security solution in a lightweight package. Smith says a growing chorus of requests prompted Microsoft to extend the service to small businesses.
“When we launched Microsoft Security Essentials last year, small businesses kept telling us that it was exactly the type of thing they need at work too,” says Smith. “What they really wanted from their antivirus software — inexpensive, quiet protection from a provider they can trust — were all things Microsoft Security Essentials could clearly deliver.”
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Free Microsoft Security Essentials Coming for Small Businesses: Award-winning virus and malware protection available for both home and work.


it was as i remembered: "single-PC use at home"...


EDIT: added new info !
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22 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, a lot of free software that is out there is only free for personal use. When you want to use them in a commercial business to generate revenue or profit, you have to pay for them.
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22 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Steve Ballmer Edition
 
 

Great! I rather like MSE. It's lightweight, and does a good job. The only real downfall I have of this, is that it brings it more into the spotlight. Which makes it more vulnerable to attacks.
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23 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is good news indeed!

By the way, it's been a few months now since the first beta of MSE was released. Upon its release, numerous bugs were reported, and feedback/suggestions/comments flooded the Microsoft Connect site. I just hope MS listened to these beta testers and is now developing a whole new MSE! I can't wait for the second beta release!
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23 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 | OSX Lion 10.7 x64
 
 

MSE has a huge value for business, small or big. Microsoft has already tons of ways to deploy large scale updates and MSE virus definitions is not different from the usual patches sent via Windows Updates.

Now if they create a central management point for all MSEs... Oh wait, that was Intune...
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23 Sep 2010   #10

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
This is actually great stuff -- the equivalent product for businesses was Microsoft Forefront Client Security --actually an OK product too but obviously "Chargeable" as Enterprise software. It uses essentially the same mechanisms as MSE anyway.

Not all businesses are the size of Shell Oil or IBM so this is indeed a nice approach by MS and should make the product even more robust.

Cheers
jimbo
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