The Microsoft Malware Protection Center revealed today that registration is available for anyone to sign up to become a beta tester for the next version of the Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) software.  MSE is a free anti-virus/anti-malware solution for Windows computers and has proven to be in the top 10 of available solutions since it was released.

Do you want to try out our latest innovations in protection and performance?

Are you interested in helping to improve Security Essentials?

The number of users than can participate in the Beta is limited, so sign up today and we will notify you once the Beta is available for download. We anticipate the Microsoft Security Essentials beta to be available to the general public by the end of the year.

The blog post announcing this opportunity also shared some of the new features that can be expected in the next version:

  • 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.

I have been running this software on all my computers and install it on computers that I work on for people and it has proven to be very reliable. 

The other great benefit of signing up for this beta is the chance to get a foot in the door as a tester for Microsoft products.  As I wrote two and a half years ago in How To Become a Microsoft Beta Tester, it is these types of betas that can get you in and testing, give you the chance to provide solid feedback on the product and report bugs to improve it prior to public release.  I have noticed over the years that many product teams at Microsoft shared beta testers or use another teams testers as the basis to test their own product.  It was through doing these types of betas that I eventually got in the Windows Vista beta test and have luckily been invited back to OS betas since then as well as many smaller ones.

So why not give it a shot and sign up to test your beta skills?