New Microsoft Security Essentials beta inbound

It looks like Microsoft is getting close to releasing a new version of Microsoft Security Essentials, as some Microsoft Connect participants are being invited to join a new Microsoft Security Essentials Public Beta program. Microsoft vaguely state that the newest MSE beta will have “the latest protection features”, and the beta program itself will “start soon” after you accept the invitation.

Apart from the fact that Microsoft is running a brand new beta program for MSE, we really have absolutely no other details. This is possibly for Microsoft Security Essentials version 3, as previously in June of last year Microsoft ran a beta program before releasing version 2 of the free antivirus software.

If you have been invited to join the Microsoft Security Essentials beta you will have received an email from Microsoft Connect. If not and you would like to join, you can try your luck over at the Microsoft Connect webpage. In the meantime, we await what the new MSE has in store.

Thanks to aznkid25 and Tech Greek for the tip in the forums!

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New features in the Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials include:
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.

Sounds great. That'd be nice if it has Metro UI. I really like it

Got my invite, and got the client installed. (I've been testing since way back when it was still Windows OneCare) Hopefully, Microsoft will make an already awesome product even better!

Yup was on the beta 3 years ago, then the ongoing beta and now this one.
I hope they streamline its looks for W8 although bearing in mind that W8 is still far away who knows what the new features will be.

DawnUnder2002 said,
... although bearing in mind that W8 is still far away who knows what the new features will be.

Knowing how long ms betas tend to run, I wouldn't be surprised if this beta is for the release to come out with or after W8. lol

Chaltalian said,
I'm curious to see if they'll do anything with the interface in the next version!

I hope they will, I mean Windows Defender uses the exact same UI in Windows 8. So this needs to change it's UI a bit, maybe more Metro?

Just Accepted my Invite, now just waits for the email for when the beta starts, backups my test machine prior to the beta starting, and should be all set to test it yet again

adriann said,
I tried to accept my invitation and it said "Sorry, another customer accepted your invitation".

Login via the website and accept it maybe?

ccoltmanm said,
I wouldn't want a beta version of a virus/malware blocking software.

The reason these things get into beta stages and then available for more people (meaning outside of Microsoft directly) is so they can be tested and used on the widest possible variety of hardware, additional software, and overall machine configurations. If you're not interested in participating, that's fine, but... every piece of software you currently use (including whatever browser you used to make the post you just made) went through development and testing.

Been using MSE since 3 months before it ever became even "public" knowledge years ago, it's never failed me once in the dozens of versions I've tested, I don't expect the newest version to be any different. I've used several online scanners to check on occasion to make sure MSE is doing the job it's designed to do, and there's never been anything that gets in.

YMMV, of course, but somebody's gotta test this stuff and I'm one of those people.

ccoltmanm said,
I wouldn't want a beta version of a virus/malware blocking software.

I think you should have other protection in place other than relying on your AV. As an example, on all my machines my web browsing is sandboxed with "sandboxie" I also bought Malwarebytes, which by itself does a dang good job of stopping stuff. So if my AV where to fail me I have 2 other fall backs which I hope will protect me.

warwagon said,

I think you should have other protection in place other than relying on your AV. As an example, on all my machines my web browsing is sandboxed with "sandboxie" I also bought Malwarebytes, which by itself does a dang good job of stopping stuff. So if my AV where to fail me I have 2 other fall backs which I hope will protect me.

Got to agree with this, i see lots of people raving over MSE (i have used it myself) but have had to clean or reformat quite a few computers with it installed recently. The Ramnit A malware wen`t through it like it wasn`t there! Proper nasty...

Small question if anyone would be willing to help out. I was in the last beta for MSE, does this mean I am already in the new beta because I have the following message:

"
We are very excited to welcome you to our program and appreciate your interest and participation.

Microsoft Connect is a platform and online solution that enables collaboration for gathering actionable feedback to improve and build the best in class products and services.

To get started, please click on an item on the left nav bar or click on the connection Home link to see what is available to you. We hope you enjoy your experience!"

Is this what the rest of you are getting when you are accepted?

If you go to the Dashboard on the right hand side there was a notification for me showing the invite to the beta.

Make sure your looking at the "Microsoft Security Essentials Public Beta" section not the Ongoing one...

brent3000 said,
If you go to the Dashboard on the right hand side there was a notification for me showing the invite to the beta.

Make sure your looking at the "Microsoft Security Essentials Public Beta" section not the Ongoing one...

Hm, I have got no invitation. This rather sucks. I was looking forward to testing this as I am basicaly testing every other beta they have out right now avalible on the connect site.