So you just bought yourself a nice new computer from Best Buy, and it came pre-installed with a whole lot of software, one of them probably being Norton Anti-Virus from Symantec. Unfortunately, a lot of people can't stand Norton for a number of reasons, despite its overall effectiveness.
To appease such consumers (like myself), Microsoft has announced that it will be developing its own free virus software. The mystery software is still being tested by Microsoft employees, but a trial copy should be available for download soon.
We're not expecting Microsoft's anti-virus to have quite so many features as those pricey programs, so we're not sure if it will include encryption, data recovery, firewalls or back-up feature
Estimated release date is October 22, and the software will be bundled with Windows 7.