The Microsoft Anti-Spyware “beta” that has been available for some time now is getting a facelift. On top of now being known as Windows Defender
, the suite is also having updates for inclusion with Vista that will ultimately result in the software getting its update via the now-standard Windows Update software, which currently updates (nearly) every component of Windows and Office. The free anti-spyware provided by Microsoft (which they purchased outright a while back) is fairly decent, and effective for protecting windows machines if used in conjunction with other software. Whether or not it will be an “included” option with Vista remains yet to be seen, though that could easily cause a lot of controversy.