Microsoft plans to release a test version of a new enterprise security product by the end of the year, designed to protect business desktops, laptops and servers against malicious attacks.
Called Microsoft Client Protection, it will guard against threats such as spyware, viruses and rootkits, the company revealed in Munich yesterday.
The software will give IT administrators central management capabilities and work with Microsoft's Active Directory and Windows Server Updates Services patch management tool.
A "limited beta" is due out by the end of the year, with Microsoft planning to release more details in the coming months.
The pricing of the product is not yet known. The new enterprise service comes after limited beta testing of the company's OneCare consumer protection service, which is expected to appear commercially next year.
The Munich event was attended by Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer, who also helped to launch the SecureIT Alliance, a new group focused on providing security solutions to users of Microsoft products.
The alliance so far includes Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, F-Secure and VeriSign.