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Microsoft business security ready for prime time

Microsoft is readying the final version of Forefront Client Security, its long-awaited product to protect business computers against malicious code attacks. Forefront Client Security is designed to shield PCs and servers from threats such as spyware, viruses and rootkits. Microsoft announced the software in October 2005 and an early trial version has been available for about five months. The final release is due in coming weeks, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said Monday.

“Our client product is shipping in the next month or so. It really does do hygiene, security, antivirus, all the way down to the client level,” Ballmer said during a presentation in the Netherlands, a video of which was made available by Webwereld, a Dutch technology news Web site.

Microsoft is ramping up its efforts to convince businesses that it’s the solution to, and not the source of, their security woes. Forefront Client Security will go up against security software from established players including Cisco Systems, Symantec and McAfee. Microsoft unveiled Forefront as a single security brand for businesses in June.

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