Microsoft has made an important step when it comes down to the internationalizing of its latest free security solution designed to protect Windows clients. The Redmond company is now not only offering Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 on a plethora of new markets worldwide, but also started offering new localized versions of the antivirus as of December 15th, 2009. In this regard, Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0
now comes in no less than 11 localized versions, after the software giant introduced two additional languages – Russian and Romanian.
Ahead of the latest evolution of the Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 project, the solution featured nine languages and was delivered in 39 markets: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
But, in addition to increasing the total number of supported languages from nine to 11, the company opened up access to Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0
to users in an additional 17 markets “bringing the total number of available markets to 56. These additional markets are: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates,” a Microsoft spokesperson noted for Softpedia.
“Making Microsoft Security Essentials available in these additional 17 markets affirms again the company’s commitment to enhancing the security of the Windows ecosystem by making quality antimalware protection available to the broadest number of consumers world-wide,” the Microsoft representative added.
Having been a Beta tester of Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0, and subsequently using the antivirus on all of my computers, I can recommend it without hesitation. Users that need and want a free security solution, non-intrusive, fast, delivering no impact on system performance, and without the complexity of a security suite, should definitely at least give Microsoft Security Essentials a try.
“On December 22, Microsoft will make available for download an OEM Pre-Installation Kit (OPK) for Microsoft Security Essentials. The Microsoft Security Essentials OPK is a set of tools and documentation that supports the configuration and deployment of Microsoft Security Essentials as a pre-installed security solution,” the Microsoft spokesperson added.
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 can be downloaded for free via this link