Microsoft launching free antivirus in "coming weeks"

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Microsoft is preparing to release the final version of its free antivirus software in the next few weeks.


Rivalling paid-for products from the likes of McAfee and Symantec, the software was first announced in November when the company confirmed it would be ditching the costly Windows Live OneCare product.


Now known as Microsoft Security Essentials, beta testing started in June with the 75,000 testers all found in a single day.


It’s now known that these testers received an email on Sunday that said the final version of the software would be released to the public in “the coming weeks”, so if you’ve been waiting to get your mitts on it – there’s not much longer to wait.


Of course there’s always the question of why Microsoft is having to make a program to protect its own OS – if Microsoft knew there were security holes, shouldn’t this be where it concentrated its efforts?


It’s an interesting one – let us know what you think, and if you’ll be ditching your antivirus for the Microsoft’s free offering below.