Microsoft is planning to refresh the antimalware technology that powers a number of its products, including the free security solution offered to Windows users with genuine copies of the operating system.
The upcoming update to Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1’s antimalware engine will come at approximately a month since the previous refresh.
The software giant has made a tradition out of refreshing MSE as well as a few others AV solutions on a monthly basis, generally after each Patch Tuesday.
The latest update to Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1 is expected in the first half of the next week, according to the Redmond company.
Of course, as was the case with past updates, the latest iteration only comes to help Microsoft’s security solutions better deal with new threats.
“As part of regular update of our antimalware technology to address the latest in the threat landscape, MMPC is planning to release a new antimalware engine on 18 Oct 2011,” the company said
Microsoft usually delivers its antimalware updates pretty much on time. When there are delays, they’re usually insignificant, a day or two at most.
As I already said, customers running Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1 will not be the only ones to apply the update for the antimalware technology.
The software giant notes that this particular update will also be served to those running Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection, as well as Windows Intune Endpoint Protection.
“Engine Version will be in the range of 1.1.780x.0,” the company said. The actual version number will only be announced after the update ships.
It’s unclear at this point in time just for how long Windows customers will still be able to take advantage of Microsoft Security Essentials.
The next iteration of Windows, currently codenamed Windows 8 sports built-in antimalware capabilities, making MSE essentially redundant. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 2.1 is available for download here.