Windows 8 to feature anti-virus software

News by Angela Moscoritolo

The next version of Windows will come with Microsoft Security Essentials built in.

The next version of Windows will come with Microsoft Security Essentials built in.

Expected to be released during the third quarter of 2012, Windows 8 will come bundled with functionality from Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). A preview was released on Tuesday to developers during the BUILD conference in Anaheim, California.

The free ant-virus product was launched in September 2009, and Microsoft said in a statement that investments made in Windows 8 security gave it "great confidence that Windows 8 will be the most secure operating system we've produced".

Windows 8 will also include security enhancements such as ‘engineering system changes' to find and protect against system flaws, and a capability known as Secured Boot to help protect against malware-infected USB drives and other threats.

Earlier this year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Windows 8 would be released in 2012, although this was swiftly denied by a Microsoft spokesperson, who claimed it had yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows.

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