Microsoft Security Essentials Beta Program Sign Up

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 19, 2011
Updated • Dec 17, 2014

Update: It is interesting to note that you can still sign up for pre-releases of Microsoft Security Essentials on Microsoft's Download Center. This version is no longer limited to a certain number of users though.

Microsoft's free security software, Microsoft Security Essentials, has become a very popular program in the world of Windows. There is no single reason for that, factors that weight in heavily are that it is free, relatively lightweight and unobtrusive, and that it is developed by Microsoft directly.

Microsoft yesterday opened registrations for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Users who sign up early enough will get a chance to test the beta version of the security software before anyone else can do. Beta spots are limited according to the announcement on the Technet site and served on a first in first out (fifo) basis.

The beta will be released soon, considering that it will be made publicly available at the end of the year. More interesting to a wider audience, especially those who run Microsoft Security Essentials, are the planned improvements and new features that Microsoft is currently working on.

The new version of Microsoft Security Essentials comes with a new protection engine offering enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities. One of the improvements in this regard is automatic malware remediation, which basically means that the security application can clean "high-impact malware infections automatically" without user interaction.

microsoft security essentials old interface

Add to that better performance to avoid negative performance impacts on PCs running Microsoft Security Essentials and a simplified user interface. It will be interesting to see how the simplified UI looks like, considering that many consider the current MSE interface bare-bones.

The improvements all make sense, especially the new protection engine with its updated detection and cleanup capabilities could improve the application significantly.

Users who want to sign up for the beta program need to have a Windows Live account. It is possible to create one on the sign up page or use an existing one.

It does not make much sense for most Windows users to sign up for the beta, considering that it will be available later this year for the general public.

Regardless of that, it is good to see that Microsoft is improving the free security software continuously. (via)

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  1. ilev said on November 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I hope this time Microsoft will choose new beta testers as the current version of MSE is a total flop (according to test-av).

    1. txdave2002 said on November 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      …according to test-av… Do you have a link to this site because a quick search on Google shows nothing of this website

      1. ilev said on November 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm
  2. allinthefamily said on November 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    It would be interesting to see how market share for other pay-to-play AV solutions has been affected since MSE came out. I used to be a big AVG fan, and tried Avast! and others. I haven’t looked back since I switched to MSE.

    Of course, the really big names, like McAfee and Norton will probably be around forever in corporate environments, for reasons unknown (to me).

    1. Yoshiyah said on November 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      @allinthefamily Well MSE is only free for businesses with 10 or less PC’s. Many corporations have many more than this, so they stick with Norton or McAfee

  3. Paul(us) said on November 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I can wait for a month or so. But i have a question what do you think Is wise when you install the new version. First completely with restart and reg. cleaning and revo uninstalling from the old version or do you think you can install the new version over the old version?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      I personally would just install it over the old version, unless Microsoft explicitly recommends otherwise.

  4. Yoshiyah said on November 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    A big fan of MSE. It is very lightweight and free. Prior to MSE, I was using Avira, but grew tired of the advertisement that displayed each time it updated and the many false positives.

    Looking forward to seeing the new Beta for MSE.

    1. David Macdonald Ajang said on November 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      That (the pop up ad) and the toolbar.

      I’ve been using MSE since its first release. An new engine with improved performance and detection/cleaning capability is welcoming. But I’m concerned with the “simplified UI” feature. I hope it’s doesn’t translate to lesser customization options..

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