Next Generation of MSE Goes Public Beta
Article by George Norman
On 02 Dec 2011
The topic of computer security came up just the other day when I was out with friends. One said he relies on Kaspersky because it’s a properly good security solution, another said he relies on BitDefender because he got a good deal on a license, and I said that for my basic security needs I rely on Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) because it’s free, doesn’t hog system resources, and did well in various tests. And the thing is that in the future we can expect MSE to do even better.

I recently reported that Microsoft is working on the next generation of MSE and that when the final version will be released to the public, it will come with a handful of nice new features. Here are those features again:
  • Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation - The Beta will clean high-impact malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.
  • Enhanced performance - The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t negatively impacted.
  • Simplified UI - Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.
  • New and improved protection engine - The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities.

When I reported that Redmond-based software giant Microsoft is working on the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), its security solution offered free of charge to users of genuine versions of the Windows operating system, I mentioned that work is still in its early stages and that now even a Beta of the new MSE has been released to the public.


So after a rather lengthy introduction, here’s the news: the next version of MSE has been released to the public. If you want to Beta test Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0, you can download it straight from Microsoft here (you need a Windows Live ID to initiate the download).

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