Microsoft rolls out public beta for latest Security Essentials

The new beta for Microsoft's latest version of Security Essentials.

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Microsoft has launched a public beta for the new version of its Security Essentials software for anyone to download and test drive.

The software is available free through a “download now” link for the beta on the Security Essentials Web site. But getting to the file itself requires a bit of a trek. Clicking on the link brings you to a Microsoft Connect page where you need to log in with a Windows Live ID and password.

You’ll then see a page describing the features in the new beta along with the system requirements and installation instructions. Clicking on the link to the download page (listed in Step 2 of the instructions) displays the title of the file–MSE Public Beta. And then clicking on that title finally takes you to the page where you can actually download the software.

Microsoft is offering two editions of the Security Essentials beta–a 64-bit version called mseinstall-amd64fre-en-us.exe and a 32-bit version called mseinstall-x86fre-en-us.exe. You can download both versions in one shot or separately depending on whether you’re running a 32-bit or 64-bit ve… [Read more]

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