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Windows 7 Beta Antivirus Packs Now Available
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 16 January 2009 12:22
Three third-party vendors have released security software for Microsoft's new operating system.

By Paul McDougall
January 16, 2009 12:24 PM

Given its popularity, the trial version of Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s new Windows 7 operating system is creating a cottage industry of sorts for other software makers.

No fewer than three vendors have announced availability of new antivirus software packages that are designed to work with Windows 7 Beta. Symantec (NSDQ: SYMC) is now offering the Norton 360 3.0 Beta for Windows 7, AVG has introduced AVG Internet Security and AVG Anti-virus for Windows 7 Beta, and Kaspersky has made available a technical preview of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows 7, according to Microsoft officials.

"Microsoft has been actively working with security partners to help them get their applications ready for Windows 7," wrote Windows communications manager Brandon LeBlanc, in a blog post Thursday. "Three security developers have taken the build we released to developers in October and have developed solutions available today that work with Windows 7 Beta," LeBlanc said.

By partnering closely with third parties, Microsoft is hoping to avoid a repeat of Windows Vista's shaky debut in January of 2007. At the time, a number of major security providers, including Symantec, did not have products ready that were fully Vista compatible. [InformationWeek...]    [Comments...]

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