Microsoft Security Essentials is a free security software that is developed by Microsoft. The security software was released as a limited beta to users in the United States, Brazil and China.
It was (actually still is) possible to download the beta from download portals like Betanews without any limitations or issues even if you don't live in one of the aforementioned countries.
That's what many users did and most seemed to have been pleased with the performance of the security software.
Several updates of Microsoft Security Essentials were released since then and it was rumored that Microsoft aimed for a October 22 release to give Windows 7 users a chance to use the final version of the software program.
The announcement that Microsoft Security Essentials would be released in the coming weeks was spread to all beta participants who received an email that informed them of an upgrade and the projected release in the coming weeks.
The final version of Microsoft Security Essentials will be released to the public in the coming weeks. If you are running the older version of the beta (1.0.1407.0), we encourage you to upgrade to a newer version of the beta (1.0.1500.0).
The announcement does not explicitly mention the Windows 7 release date but it seems pretty obvious that the final release will be available around the time of the Windows 7 release. Users who want to test Microsoft Security Essentials right now can do so by following the links posted above. The final version will be published on Microsoft's Security Essentials website.
Update: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Final released
Update 2: Microsoft Security Essentials is fully compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7. The company has merged the program with Windows Defender in Windows 8 which is why it is not available on that operating system as a standalone application.
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