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Microsoft Security Essentials beta to be capped at 75,000, k

by Marianna Schmudlach / June 23, 2009 12:58 AM PDT

Microsoft Security Essentials beta to be capped at 75,000, kicks off today

Posted by Mary Jo Foley

Just a quick reminder: Microsoft plans to allow the public to download a beta version of ?Morro,? now known as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on June 23, starting around 9 a.m. PT.

MSE is the free antivirus/anti-malware product that is replacing Microsoft?s paid Windows Live OneCare subscription service. It is aimed primarily at users who can?t or won?t pay for security software.

Here are the details about today?s beta kick-off:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=3141

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FYI: It is now available!

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Notes:
1.) You must have a Windows Live account to download.
2.) Requires Windows validation (authentication) to begin installation.
3.) Only supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Both 32-bit and 64-bit!

Hope this helps,
John

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What's up with that Microsoft Security Essentials beta build
by Marianna Schmudlach / June 23, 2009 6:39 AM PDT

What's up with that Microsoft Security Essentials beta build number?

Posted by Mary Jo Foley

June 23rd, 2009

More than a few testers who?ve downloaded the Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) beta build on June 23 have noticed that it is an older release than the one that leaked to the Web over the past week or so.

The beta released today of MSE, the free Microsoft antivirus/anti-malware product formerly codenamed ?Morro,? is build 1.0.1407.00. The build of MSE that was available on torrents last week was 1.0.2140.0.

I asked Microsoft why the ?new? beta is a build older than the one that leaked. A spokesperson sent the following response:

?The Microsoft Security Essentials Beta build 1.0.1407.00 available to consumers in the U.S., Brazil, and Israel at www.microsoft.com/security_essentials is the most current version available for public download. An earlier leaked build was derived from the core Microsoft Security Essentials code and will be used for further testing, however this branch does not represent the newest beta code available to users.? (Note: The spokesperson means the newest officially sanctioned test release, as the build last week is, indeed, more recent.)

Some testers who downloaded the leaked MSE said they were unable to download today?s MSE beta, and were receiving messages telling them they had a more recent MSE test build already on their systems. Microsoft is advising those testers to uninstall the more recent, ?unauthorized? build if they want to download the sanctioned beta build.

More: http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=3147

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