Earlier today a leaked email revealed that Microsoft was gearing up for a beta program for its popular Security Essentials security software. Today, Microsoft announced the ability to register for the upcoming beta program for the next version of Security Essentials.
"Today we announce that the Beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials is open for registration. Do you want to try out our latest innovations in protection and performance? Are you interested in helping to improve Security Essentials?" Microsoft announced in an official blog post.
Microsoft also revealed some of the new features that will be in Security Essentials 3:
- 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.
Microsoft mentions that the beta program will be limited and only a select few will be able to participate in the testing process. The company expects Security Essentials 3 beta to be available to the general public by the end of the year.
Those interested in beta testing Security Essentials 3 can sign up here.