Microsoft Readies Second Anti-Spyware Beta
By Gregg Keizer
Windows Defender, Microsoft's free anti-spyware program that's been in beta for more than a year, will shift into its second round of testing in the next two months...Beta 1 only works in Windows XP...Windows Defender Beta 2...will be available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista, with additional editions for earlier Windows posted at some undisclosed future date. It will be included with both the client and server versions of Vista...
Among what's new in Beta 2...is integration with Outlook..., a totally-redesigned interface, and automatic updates that include both spyware definition updates and upgrades to the scanning engine, allowing Microsoft to update the software without having to explicitly release a new version...The Vista and non-Vista versions of Defender will be similar, though not identical... adding that Defender would be free to all users with a validated copy of Windows.