Microsoft delivers pre-released Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 to corporate customers

I’m surprised to see that Microsoft delivers pre-released beta version of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 to its corporate customers. What can force a company use unfinished product to protect daily business? Though it is true that some well-established and evolved projects like Gmail had been running for years in beta phase, I don’t really remember examples when corporate users are heavily involved in that. Corporate customers are usually the ones who drag the old versions (like Windows XP) for long long time before any upgrade, because stability and low cost service are the keys.

Versions numbers:
Forefront Endpoint Protection 2.0.375.0
Antimalware Client 3.0.6509.0
Engine 1.1.6201.0

Here’s some more screenshots below.

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