avast! 5 quick preview!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:45:31 PM
There will be different versions, most notably antivirus and suite. First is obviously stand alone antivirus, while other one contains other features like firewall.
The first and most significant change will be GUI or graphical user interface. And the change is massive. I still don't have some details and stuff that i've seen was still heavy prototype stuff but still. It looks great and very functional. I'm sure most of you will love it. Second will be under the hood. They decreased memory footprint significantly and also lowered the system requirements, meaning avast! 5 will be much much faster and also use less resources. But they don't stop there. Under the hood improvements also include massive improvements in detection. Enhanced virus definition updates (VPS) with superior flexibility, incredibly fast VPS updating (very similar to Symantec Pulse updates, only for avast! Professional users though), enhanced proactive methods like heuristics, behavioral detection and sandboxing to combat 0-day threats and many many more exciting features.
The release is scheduled for summer 2009. Czech based ALWIL Software again shows they mean serious business with their state of the art engineered software. It will indeed be a very hot summer for any antivirus geek when avast! hits the internet. Stay tuned! This summer!
It appears there was a "communication error" (from my side) regarding the release date. The alpha and beta test phase will indeed begin soon (which falls under the summer estimation), however the actual retail release in 5 major languages (and more to follow later) and in 3 different editions is scheduled for autumn 2009. I'll post some more info once i get the alpha version in my hands.