(LiveHacking.Com) – It has been revealed that Microsoft will ship Windows 8 with built-in anti-virus software. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as Microsoft has been making a free anti-malware suite, called Microsoft Security Essentials, for a couple of years now. But it didn’t ship with Windows, you had to download it separately.
Since Windows Vista, Microsoft has bundled Windows Defender with the OS, but Defender is only detects and removes spyware. it is not an anti-virus or anti-malware application.
At the company’s BUILD conference, where Windows 8 is being shown to developers, Michael Angiulo – Corporate Vice President of Windows Planning and Ecosystem – demonstrated an early version of Windows 8 that automatically scanned an infected USB flash disk from which a tablet was booting.
Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live division, said with Microsoft “have taken Defender and we’ve actually built a whole new range of protection, all the way up though anti-malware, anti-virus.” This means that Windows 8 users will be getting out-of-the-box protection against malware, as well as a firewall and parental controls.