Microsoft opens up new beta program for Microsoft Security Essentials

By Tom Warren, on 18th Nov 11 7:34 am with 13 Comments

Microsoft is readying a new public beta program for its popular Security Essentials application.

The software giant has started to send invites to existing Security Essentials 2 beta testers, inviting them to a future test program on Microsoft Connect. The software maker sent the following email:

“Thank you so much for being a part of the Microsoft Security Essentials v2 Beta. You have indicated that you are interested in receiving invites for Connect programs from Microsoft, so we would like to invite you to participate in the Microsoft Security Essentials Public Beta program on Microsoft Connect. This program is for the newest Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials which has the latest protection features. Be one of the select few who get access to this Beta release by signing up now to reserve your spot!”

It’s not clear what particular version that Microsoft is planning to test. The company released version 2 of the software in December last year. Microsoft introduced Security Essentials, its free anti-virus software, in September 2009. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is designed to work on Windows XP, Vista and 7 and protects end users against virus threats and spy ware. MSE is Microsoft’s free anti-virus and anti-spyware product that replaced Microsoft’s paid Windows Live OneCare subscription service which was withdrawn in 2009.

You can sign-up for the Microsoft Security Essentials beta here.

Thanks to WinRumors reader Byron Yu for the news tip

  • BucksterMcgee

    Maybe they will try to push it out to all Windows computers, considering it’s built into Windows 8. Anti virus companies will complain, but it should be done regardless.

    • Ondra Moravek

      They can not do that. European comision would give Microsoft huge ticket… Again.

    • BucksterMcgee

      It wouldn’t be the first time Microsoft did something and left the option out for Europe. This would be no different.

      In any case to be clear, I don’t think they would actually push MSE, and if they did it would be 100% optional no matter what country is receiving it. My thought is them rolling it into Windows Defender, just as it is in Windows 8. I do have to say, I like the name Security Essentials better than Defender though.

    • Anonymous

      It would be great if Security Essentials was a part of the Windows Core and no 3rd party antivirus software was needed :(

      *sigh* Utopia.

    • Thu Win

      Umm if that happens, then all AV companies will be crying foul due to a. compatibility issues with their products (i.e. users who have their product installed) and b. crashes that may occur due to compatibility issues.

  • Grannyville7989

    Hm, the link appears to not lead anywhere.

  • Anonymous

    As far as the interface is concerned, I honestly don’t know how they can make it any better.  Best anti-virus application period.

  • Pierre Venescar

    it should be built within windows

  • Raju

    Only MSE Beta
    that is available on Microsoft Connect site is version 2.0.0522.0,
    released on 9 November 2010, exactly one year ago (almost). Current version of
    MSE is 2.1.1116.0 (on my PC). How can they again do a V2 beta now? If they run a Beta, I think that should be for V3.

    Is it possible that the person that pointed about it misread
    the year in the date?? No?? OK.

    • Anonymous

      The original beta version was for MSE 2.0. They sent out these invites for the next beta version b/c we indicated that we would be interested in testing future betas of MSE from Connect.

    • Raju

      OK, I too got the mail, the link leads to a page that says:
      you for participating in the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta program, which
      will start soon. We’ll notify you by email when it starts. “

  • Daniel Hartshorn

    MSE Isnt being built into Windows 8 on the the core of the product and that is to protect tablets from viruses, anti Virus vendors wont need to worry as Windows 8 will still support the likes of AVG, Norton, Avast ETC, Plus there are still Millions of people who would rather pay for there anti Virus for that additional support the free ones cannot provide,  

    and the European comision want to slap one of those fines onto apple as apple update tries to install Safari, that is what i call using the dommanance in the MP3 market to try and expand to domanate the Webbrowser market

  • Marc

    Quite possibly, but sadly as we know antivirus alone is not enough and today antivirus must be backed up by a good antimalware product too. I have been a fan of MSE from day one but recently I switched to NIS 2012 as I felt the need for more pro active protection. If MSE gets a major update with a new engine I will happily be back.