"Dear Beta User, Thank you for participating in the MicrosoftÃ‚Â® Security Essentials Beta. Your participation has been instrumental to ensuring the best possible product release quality. The final version of Microsoft Security Essentials will be released to the public in the coming weeks. If you are running the older version of the beta (1.0.1407.0), we encourage you to upgrade to a newer version of the beta (1.0.1500.0). To ensure a smoothest possible experience, please follow one of these options: Ã‚Â· Click on the ‘Upgrade Now’ button on the Microsoft Security Essentials Home tab. OR Ã‚Â· Select ‘Upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials’ under the Help drop-down menu Thank you again for your participation in the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta! Best regards, Microsoft Security Essentials Team" I have seen numerous queries as to when will Security Essentials go GA. This email dated today (SEP 21) is the first "official" notification I have seen on this subject. I will have to leave it to each of you who may read this as to what "in the coming weeks" consists of, but at least something has been published. Maybe "in the coming weeks" Security Essentials will become available to anyone who wants it. I certainly recommend it over any free antivirus currently available. edit: If any of you are "chomping at the bits" for this new antivirus application, it is still available through Softpedia (You have to do a search after you get to Softpedia Windows section) and is updated just as the versions that were downloaded directly from the Microsoft website.