Microsoft has announced the availability of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for SMBs. Available for free, MSE is a simple to use, comprehensive solution that provides protection from viruses, spyware and other malicious threats and is designed for an original Windows PC. In line with this, Microsoft has further partnered with HP to pre-install the offering on the HP Envy series notebooks.The solution was launched for the consumer segment back in 2009 and has evoked a favourable response, with some 30 million customers in 74 countries benefiting from it. MSE provides a trusted no-cost security solution that empowers SMBs to save money and run their business without any interruptions. With this new solution, SMBs are said to save up to Rs.7,500 on lifetime antivirus.Commenting on the new launch, Pankaj Ukey, Director - Windows Client, Consumer and Online Business, Microsoft India, said, "The Indian SMB segment is growing at a breakneck pace and is emerging as a key growth driver for the IT industry. For these businesses, managing IT security at a low cost is a key priority. We are excited to extend the benefits of MSE - a hassle-free, intrusive, no-cost security protection to the Indian small business community."Starting today, MSE can be downloaded for free from http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/.