Microsoft Really Wants Small Businesses to Stay Safe, Strikes Deal with Symantec and PC Mall
Article by George Norman
On 23 Nov 2010
It seems the Redmond-based software giant is really committed to making sure small businesses stay safe in an ever-increasing threatscape. Proof of this commitment came this October when Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), Microsoft’s free security software solution, became available to small businesses. As of October, small business owners can use MSE to protect up to 10 PCs.

“Small-business owners just want to concentrate on running the business, without worrying about PCs going down,” commented at the time Director of Marketing for Microsoft Security Essentials, Jeff Smith. “We talk to lots of small-business customers every day, and we understand that security is a top priority. When we launched Microsoft Security Essentials last year, small businesses kept telling us that it was exactly the type of thing they need at work too. What they really wanted from their antivirus software — inexpensive, quiet protection from a provider they can trust — were all things Microsoft Security Essentials could clearly deliver.”

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MSE is available in 25 languages in 74 markets worldwide. You can find out more about MSE here.

Earlier this month Microsoft has once again showed its commitment to keeping small businesses safe. It has done so by striking a deal with PC Mall, a major U.S. reseller of technology products, and Symantec, company that specializes in providing antivirus, antispyware, and internet security software solutions. As part of this deal, business owners can protect up to 50 PCs and at least 1 server if they purchase Windows 7 Professional from PC Mall. That’s because they get Symantec EndPoint Protection Small Business Edition for free.

“Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition complements Windows 7 Professional security features by providing small businesses with easy to use, enterprise-level protection they need to help protect their critical assets from today’s known and unknown threats. We think this is yet another great reason for small businesses to migrate to Windows 7 Professional with confidence,” commented Microsoft’s Sandrine Skinner.

Please note that this is a time-limited offer that ends on the 31st of December, 2010. You can find out more about it here.



Tags: Microsoft, Microsoft Security Essentials, MSE, Symantec, Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition, PC Mall
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