Microsoft released its own anti-virus program Security Essentials back in 2009 and it even started bundling with Windows. Since then, Microsoft is constantly updating the malware engine and the definitions. But some Anti-virus test results, case studies put Security Essentials to the bottom of the post. Holly Stewart, senior program manager of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, told Dennis Technology Labs that Microsoft made a decision to switch to what it calls a “baseline strategy”.
It started focusing on protecting their customers instead of making Security Essentials score better in competitive tests. Microsoft is “doing everything we can to protect against real threats” and even passing their own data on threats to other antivirus vendors as well.
She said that shouldn’t be seen as Microsoft leaving customers unprotected, claiming the company is merely focusing on the most serious threats.
“Baseline does not equal bad,” she said. “We provide a high-quality, high-performing service to our customers and if they choose not to buy [antivirus]on Windows 8… we want to get those people protected.”
Source: PC Pro