Microsoft has released a public beta of the next major version of their free anti-virus solution – Microsoft Security Essentials.
Security Essentials is available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. It comes packed with basic features required in a security application and can match reputed names like Norton and ESET. The new version introduces:
- Windows Firewall integration
- Enhanced protection for web-based threats – Internet Explorer integration
- New protection engine
- Network inspection system (Not available for Windows XP)
- New options to tweak real-time scanning to reduce system resources. Screenshot:
Security Essentials was launched last year and has received positive reviews. MSE v2 Beta can be downloaded from Microsoft Connect.
PS: I like the new Microsoft Forefront touch.