Microsoft has announced the availability of the new Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta, the next big version of the well acclaimed Windows security software. The beta was announced over at the Windows Team Blog with a link to Microsoft Connect to download the 32-bit or 64-bit edition of the application.


For the time being, the Beta Build, version 2.0.0375.0, is only offered to testers in the United States, Israel (English), and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese). It is important to underline that Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 is in Beta stage at this point in time, and as such designed for testing exclusively, and not for deployment in production environments.

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta features

Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials will now ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or off.

Enhanced protection for web-based threats – Microsoft Security Essentials now integrates with Internet Explorer to provide protection against web-based threats.

New protection engine – The updated anti-malware engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance.

Network inspection system – Protection against network-based exploits is now built in to Microsoft Security Essentials,” revealed Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team.

Download Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta

Microsoft is only looking for a limited number of testers. So hurry up and register yourself in case you are interested. Visit Microsoft Connect page and register for the beta.

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