Microsoft confirmed on Monday that it would be releasing its free security suite to the public sometime this morning Pacific time, although no specific hour was given for the launch.
Formerly codenamed "Morro," Microsoft's Security Essentials is the company's replacement for Windows Live OneCare, the fee-based security suite that Microsoft axed back in June. Shortly after, Security Essentials was made available in beta form to a limited number of testers.
Not only will Security Essentials be free, but Microsoft said users will not have to register their copy, nor will a time limit be placed on the software.
"Consumers have told us that they want the protection of real-time security software, but that they are confused by trials and renewals and concerned about performance and as a result, too many are unprotected," said Amy Barzdukas , general manager for consumer security at Microsoft in a statement.
The Essentials software runs on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
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