Yesterday Neowin exclusively revealed Microsoft Morro to the world, today we can unveil that Microsoft"s new and free Anti-Virus will be named Microsoft Security Essentials.
The software product, codenamed "Morro" after a beach in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is already being tested by Microsoft employees and a trial version will be made available in September according to sources familiar with Microsoft"s plans. Microsoft has officially stated that Microsoft Security Essentials would be available by the end of 2009 at the latest. The company has been trialing internal versions since June 1.
Yesterday we unveiled three screen shots of an old alpha build but we can unveil an updated build today with the Microsoft Security Essentials branding. Security essentials is likely to be targeted as a basic form of Anti-Virus and not as a "suite" like rival Anti-Virus companies such as Symantec and McAfee offer. An installer of the new build leaked last night and we have included a couple of screen shots below. We will have a full review of Security Essentials soon.