Microsoft new AV client now in beta stage

Microsoft on Tuesday will take a step toward competing with McAfee and Symantec in the enterprise security market by releasing a beta version of its Forefront Client Security desktop software. The antivirus software has been in limited testing with several hundred Microsoft customers for months now, but as of Tuesday it will be widely available to testers who want an early look at it.

“This is the first time we’ll be in widespread beta of Forefront Client Security,” said Paul Bryan, a director in Microsoft’s Security and Access product group.

The software is now expected to ship by the end of June 2007, Bryan said. This target is six months later than the one Microsoft gave when it unveiled its client security roadmap a year ago.

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