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Microsoft To Ship First Branded Antigen Products

Microsoft will ship the first branded versions of its Antigen products beginning July 1, the company announced on Tuesday.

The newly Microsoft-branded products are Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, Antigen Spam Manager and Antigen Enterprise Manager. Microsoft acquired the products last July when it bought out Sybari Software, which was best known for its multiple scanning engine approach to malware, spam and virus control.

Beyond rebranding, the products also feature significant upgrades.

For one thing, the company announced last fall that the Antigen products will now sport Microsoft's anti-virus engine, which they hadn't previously. Interestingly, Microsoft acquired its anti-virus engine in 2003 when it bought out GeCAD Software. Antigen provides scan engines from AhnLab, Authentium, CA., Kaspersky Lab, MailFilters.com, Norman Data Defense Systems, Sophos Plc and VirusBuster Ltd.

Other additions include improved cluster support and enhanced management capabilities, including centralized management of digital signature files and the addition of a Microsoft digital signature to virus updates to ensure their validity.

"When Antigen downloads [the file], it makes sure the [Microsoft] signature is intact," said Joe Licari, director of marketing for Antigen products, in an interview.

Antigen costs $98 per server. Client licenses costs $10.50 per user per year for Exchange, and $7.50 for SMTP or Spam Manager, or $14.50 per user per year for Enterprise Manager.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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