Download: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta / Microsoft Security Essentials 2010 Beta

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 July 2010 12:42 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 20 July 2010 11:50

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta / Microsoft Security Essentials 2010 Beta is available for download on Microsoft Connect. Just a quick update, I finished installing it, and it’s very similar to version 1.0, but definitely improved. I’ll use it as my main AV from now on and let you know. Tomorrow I’ll also install the 32-bit version on another PC.

Thank you for joining the Microsoft® Security Essentials Beta. We are confident that you’ll find Microsoft Security Essentials to be easy to install and use. The Microsoft Security Essentials Beta is a fully functional anti-malware application with ongoing updates to help protect your PC from viruses, spyware and other malicious software throughout the course of the beta. In addition to ongoing virus and spyware definition updates, we will be providing software updates to the beta for download through Microsoft Update on a periodic basis. To have these updates installed automatically, you must be subscribed to Microsoft Update with preferences set to automatically download and install new updates. Learn more about automatic updates through Microsoft Update.

This beta is available only to customers in the United States, Israel (English only), People’s Republic of China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese only).

What’s New in the Microsoft Security Essentials beta?

This Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes these new features and enhancements to better help protect your computer from threats:

  1. Windows® Firewall integration: Microsoft Security Essentials setup allows you to turn on Windows Firewall.
  2. Enhanced protection from web-based threats: Microsoft Security Essentials has enhanced integration with Internet Explorer® which helps prevent malicious scripts from running and provides improved protection against web based attacks.
  3. New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities and better performance.

 How do I install Microsoft Security Essentials Beta?

  1. Confirm that your computer meets the minimum system requirements to install Security Essentials Beta.
  2. Read the KB article to determine whether your computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit of the Windows operating system.
  3. Click the appropriate MSE download link listed under Title column. Select the download link based on your Windows operating system (32 -bit or 64 bit.)
  4. Review the “Download location nearest you” drop down option. Select the appropriate value based on your geographic location.
  5. Click Download link under Download single file column.

Download Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

 From the Windows Team blog:

Today we are announcing the beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in September 2009 and is our award-winningno-cost light weight anti-malware service. It’s designed to help address the ongoing security needs of PCs running genuine Windows – helping keep people protected from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.


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Sign up for the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0

Last Updated on Thursday, 8 October 2009 09:28 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 8 October 2009 09:28

You can now register as a particiant for the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta. But just know that only the Beta program is opened, the actual Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta is not yet offered.

From the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Team Blog: The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta Program is now open for registration.  This upcoming release of MAP Toolkit will offer new areas including potential scenarios such as desktop migration assessment to Office 2010 and server migration assessment from Linux platforms to Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Download Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 from Microsoft, Still

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 12:54 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 21 April 2009 12:48

Yes, you can still download Windows 7 Build 7000 from Microsoft.  Why would you? Well, if you are like me you probably enjoy a little memorabilia, and you can’t wait to install Windows 7 Beta in a virtual machine cut off from the rest of the operating system in about two years, and compare it with a Windows 8 Beta (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Beta Build 8000).

If you are a MSDN or a TechNet subscriber then you can grab Build 7000 with no issue. But the public will have to use Microsoft Connect as an alternative, since the direct download was discontinued in February. I know what you’re thinking. You just can’t waltz in Microsoft Connect and grab any bits you want… Well, yes you can if you have an invite code! Make sure to navigate to Microsoft Connect and enter the following Connect ID: WIN7-3HQW-RF74. It will allow access to Windows 7 Ultimate Beta and Windows 7 Home Premium Beta. And even more goodies! Check out more details after the jump.

And just in case Windows 7 Build 7000 Beta coming back with a vengeance did not take your mind off of goodies such as Build 7077, 7082 and 7106, or the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) coming on May 5, Mary Jo Foley dug up a Microsoft job posting for Windows 8 and the new file server in development, in response to my post on the improvements planned for Win 8 file access for branch offices.


Here is the job posting for Software Development Engineer in Test:

Do you want to work ensuring that we deliver the best administration experience for the next generation of File Servers? Do you want to solve tough management problems that simplify how server (and client) administrators setup/configure, manage, monitor and migrate file server workload?

Windows File Server role is among the top roles that customers configure their Windows Servers for. File Server Management is one of the key differentiators for Windows Server when it comes to comparison with other non Windows products. The File Server Management Team’s charter is to ensure that we continue to innovate and provide excellent value to existing and new customers thus giving a compelling reasons to buy windows Servers for their File Storage workloads.

In Windows Server 2008 R2 release, the Server UX Test team (under the File Server Management organization) is finalizing the MMC based User eXperience (UX)/Interfaces for the File Server Role. Currently the team owns DFS Management, Share and Storage Management, FSRM & Classification UI, Disk Management, SMFS. For Windows 8, the SSD organization is working on the next version of the file server.

As a member of the test team, you will focus on working closely with the dev team to finish the automation development for our Windows Server 2008 R2 components. This will provide valuable ramp-up and familiarity with our existing test automation infrastructure. As the team moved to Windows 8, you will have 2 main responsibilities – (i) put on the customer/design critique hat as we plan our next version file server management experience (i) participating in the architectural design, and development and driving automated testing for managing the next generation file server. Our current automation does not meet the multi-machine paradigm requirement and so you will contribute significantly in the development of test automation to validate setup/configuration of the new server, managing configuration changes, performing diagnostics and reporting using Power Shell, Command line, Object Model, UI. You will need to develop tests that would verify the system with an end-to-end perspective in managed code using C#. You would also be responsible for testing scalability and performance aspects of the system, testing for limits and boundary conditions. We will give you the best possible support by assigning a full time mentor to work closely with you. You will develop in depth technical skills in: C# (C/C++) coding, Windows Operating systems fundamentals, Distributed algorithms, Data synchronization protocols, Networking, system scalability & performance and security testing and the like.

We need great minds like you and in return we give you the unique opportunity to work on a ground breaking technology. How many times does one get to work on a path breaking product that targets a market worth Billions of Dollars? What we have is V1 system on top of our robust Windows Server. You will have an opportunity to design the next generation from scratch (and bring the best of technologies from across Microsoft) with the support and guidance of excellent people around you. Specifically, this position gives you to get full breadth of test automation – from UI, to object model to the underlying infrastructure. By testing the top most layer, you will be forced to understand the layers below it – you will work with core/infrastructure folks on a daily basis thereby become an expert on the entire depth of the system. It is not just coding experience that you will gain – you gain design and creative testing skills, project coordination, team work, and opportunity to be the “guru” or in your areas. In our team, we have excellent opportunities for career growth and our upper management is committed to investing in quality people like you. We have great program managers and developers in place who are eagerly looking for the your (test developer’s) arrival. While our ambitions are higher, we are a team who fully…

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