Microsoft Security Essentials available FREE to Small Businesses!

Microsoft Security Essentials available FREE to Small Businesses in October!

Microsoft Security Essentials LogoEarlier this month I wrote about “Best Free Anti-Virus for Home Users?” and rated Microsoft Security Essentials as the number one product.I also included the caveat that “We’re talking products that are free to use for Domestic personal use at home – not for Commercial or Small Business work as usage in a Commercial environment is often strictly prohibited in the License terms.

Well – Microsoft’s Eric Ligman made an announcement that beginning in early October, Microsoft will be allowing Small Businesses with up to 10 users to use Microsoft Security Essentials free of charge!

Eric writes “… we are extremely excited today to let you know that Microsoft is making its Microsoft Security Essentials available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for FREE, beginning in early October! By providing Microsoft Security Essentials to small businesses free of charge, Microsoft extends its commitment to help these companies save money and grow their business by offering no-cost protection from viruses, spyware and other malicious threats.

As the line between Small Home Office and Small Business continues to blur, I think this a great move from Microsoft, and one to be applauded!



  • Jules2010-09-23 16:42:22

    To be fair, it has been also available for home based business users too - that is or at least was in the EULA :-)

  • Eric2010-09-23 15:30:55

    Thanks for sharing the news, Richard, and appreciate the feedback!Eric Ligman

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