Security Essentials, Microsoft’s free anti-malware solution, is one of the more effective free options available today. Now a new version has been announced, and you can help give it a workout before it is released to the public.
Anyone who’d like a chance can go to Microsoft’s sign-up page to apply. Yes, I said apply. Though the software is free and available to everyone, this new beta will be limited to select testers. You’ll need to have a Microsoft Live account to apply, and you’ll also need to provide information such as your full name, though I suppose there’s nothing to keep you from lying.
The number of beta testers will be limited, at least at first. No official figures have been given on how many will be selected, nor has Microsoft said when the beta will be available for download. However, the company has stated that a public version should be out by year-end, so the closed beta must be starting soon.
What are the improvements that need review? According to Microsoft’s blog, a new “automatic malware remediation” has been added to axe malware infections without any user interaction. The remaining updates include better performance, a simplified UI and improved protection.