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Symantec has released beta versions of three of its Norton 2013 security projects, all of which support Windows 8 Consumer Preview and its Metro touch screen interface.

If you are running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you can now download and try out free beta versions of three Symantec Norton security products. Betanews.com reports that the 2013 public betas versions of Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360 have been released and can be downloaded at Symantec's website.

Users of Windows 8 will be able to check out Metro versions of all three programs, with a new interface that supports touch screens, along with hardware acceleration. Norton Antivirus 2013 also apparently works with Microsoft's previously announced anti-malware measures; this means the software will launch earlier in the boot process for a Windows 8 PC, so that it can help find any embedded malware or rootkits that could be installed on the machine.

There has been some speculation that there was no need for a Windows 8 Metro app for antivirus makers. Indeed, one of the leading free antivirus companies, Avast, has said that it won't be making a Windows 8 Metro version of its popular software. The fact that Symatec is offering exactly that kind of support for Norton Antivirus 2013 means that at least some security software companies see the need for a product that supports the Metro UI.

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Avast made a smart decision.

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Norton's latest betas will work with Windows 8, and it's boosted its firewall in the hopes of making them work better against botnets.

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Norton 360 is moving to a fall release schedule in its next version.

Better firewall technology, smarter bandwidth monitoring, and Windows 8 compatibility are the hallmarks of the latest Norton betas, now available for download.

The Norton AntiVirus 2013 beta, Norton Internet Security 2013 beta, and Norton 360 v7 beta all include support for Windows 8, though the company has yet to reveal what the specific Windows 8 enhancements are. Savvy Symantec observers will note that Norton 360, usually a first-quarter release, has been moved to the company's fall schedule.

Norton has updated its firewall, too, so that it uses the suite's Insight analysis technology to detect and block suspicious Internet traffic coming from your computer that could be a hidden botnet.

Finally, Symantec has improved Norton's bandwidth monitoring, a growing necessity as Internet service providers expand and tighten data caps.

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cool... :)

so 1 or 2 year(s) from now this world will move to touch-screen pc :)

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