Microsoft Security Essentials to Target Small Businesses
Microsoft is updating its Security Essentials licensing agreement to make the software more broadly available to small business owners.Microsoft is targeting small and midsize businesses with changes to the licensing agreement for its Security Essentials software. Right now, the licensing agreement states users "may install and use any number of copies of the software on your devices in your household for use by people who reside there or for use in your home-based small business." Starting in early October, however, the language will be modified so that the agreement covers SMBs whether they are home-based or not, Microsoft explained.
"What it boils down to is that Microsoft Security Essentials can be installed on up to 10 PCs, no matter if they are home-based or office-based," a Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK. "We view users operating a business out of their homes not to be 'home users' - even though the business is based out of their home."