We all know how crazy malware can be. Bad software such as viruses, trojans, and retro viruses (anti-anti-virus) all fall under this umbrella category. Protection from it was sadly not included into Windows….until now. Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of Microsoft Security Essentials. Handling virus, spyware, and malware threats, this program is free for Windows users who are using genuine Microsoft software. Kudos, Microsoft. Looks like you’ve done ok yourself by catching all test bugs with no positives! Well, that’s a start. How will it fare in competition to the other anti-virus software available out there? Will it beat out Avast, AVG Personal, AntiVir Personal, and those other free antiviruses? What about ESET’s NOD32 and other commercial antivirus software? Time will tell…but while we wait for the days to go by, go check out this article for what some of the industry professionals are saying about Microsoft’s small footprint antivirus on NetworkWorld.