Beta for Next Version of Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Now Available

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-winning no-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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New features in the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials include:

Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials will now ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or off.

Enhanced protection for web-based threats – Microsoft Security Essentials now integrates with Internet Explorer to provide protection against web-based threats.

New protection engine – The updated anti-malware engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance.

Network inspection system – Protection against network-based exploits is now built in to Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Microsoft Announces Kinect Pricing for November 4 Release

Microsoft announced today that the Kinect for Xbox 360 will include Kinect Sensor and the video game “Kinect Adventures,” and that it will retail for $149.99 when it launches November 4 in North America. The Kinect Sensor will work with all Xbox 360 consoles (of which 40 million have been sold, according to the company).

The company also announced an all-in-one Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle for $299. This will include the new Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect Sensor, and “Kinect Adventures.” Additional games will be sold at $49 each.

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“Kinect truly is a revolutionary product,” says Josh Hutto, director of product marketing for Xbox. “We’re bringing controller-free entertainment into the living room. With one purchase, families get Kinect and the most complete and affordable way to have fun.”

Kinect, announced last month at E3, features video and audio sensors that eliminate the need for a traditional controller, while the user uses body motions and voice commands to play games, watch movies, and interact with other Xbox LIVE subscribers.

Microsoft began taking pre-orders for the Kinect (and the bundle) today.

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