Microsoft Security Essentials available to Small Businesses on October 7

Microsoft Security Essentials available to Small Businesses on October 7

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We announced back in September that Microsoft Security Essentials would be changing its licensing terms and would soon become available to small business on up to 10 PCs. We are happy to announce that beginning tomorrow, October 7, the change will go into effect and small business owners will be able to download and install Microsoft Security Essentials. This new availability will allow small businesses that operate outside of the home to take advantage of Microsoft’s no-cost antimalware service that will help them save time, save money and remain productive while protecting them from viruses, spyware and other malicious threats. If you operate a small business with more than 10 PCs, we do recommend that you consider using the Forefront line products to address your security needs.

In just one year on the market, more than 30 million customers are now enjoying the quiet protection Microsoft Security Essentials provides, and Microsoft is excited to now offer Microsoft Security Essentials to the small business community.

For more information about this new availability, check out the Microsoft SMB Community blog and the feature story on

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  • I am getting the following message when trying to update Microsoft Security Essentials--

    MSE wasn't able to check for virus & spyware updates.

    Error code: )x80072efe

    Can anyone help?

  • Tomasz
    3 Posts

    @syncrety - The crazy Forefront requirements apply to the Managament Console. You can use the Client only if you wish. Then it works exactly like MSE.

  • You recommend Forefront for 11 PC-businesses and higher?  Really?  It's not even compatible with SBS 2003 or 2008 according to its website.  And the requirements look so heavy that it doesn't look well-suited for any small business unfortunately.  I'd love to see a "workgroup edition" of Forefront for the 10-50 user environments, many of which run SBS.

  • d3vmax
    2 Posts

    @Eric Foster

    2 Questions:

    1) Can I install MSE on our Wndows Server 2003 R2?

    2) I read on a blog today that MSE for small business is available today but on the MSE webpage it still mentions “Coming soon: Microsoft Security Essentials for your small business!”

    Your soonest reply and help will be appreciated as our Mcaffe antivirus expired this week and I do not want to renew it (it takes up 150 mb of ram!!!)

    Thank you

    And keep up the great work.

  • I also suggest reading this blog post too from Sandrine Skinner regarding Small Business, Windows 7 Professional, and Microsoft Security Essentials for Small Businesses.