Microsoft is slated to release to the Web in the next day or two a beta refresh of its Microsoft AntiSpyware product. Some testers reported Wednesday that they had downloaded a new beta version of Microsoft AntiSpyware (version number 1.0.613). They also reported that Microsoft has extended the beta-expiration date for the product from July 31, 2005, to Dec. 31, 2005.
Microsoft officials confirmed that Microsoft has extended the beta period until the end of the year. Officials also acknowledged that the company has been testing on a selective basis the beta refresh number 1.0.613. (The current beta version number is 1.0.509.)
The pending refresh is not Beta 2, however. Microsoft executives said Beta 2 will be released "sometime later this year."
"We are going through with a refresh of the [Microsoft AntiSpyware] beta," said Paul Bryan, director of product management with Microsoft’s security technology and business unit. "We are testing this right now a bit, making sure that things are OK" before releasing to all testers.
Bryan said Wednesday that Microsoft plans to make the refresh available to all testers "in the next day or so."
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We have been dying for this update, finally its release is nearly upon us, everyone testing Microsoft AntiSpyware should immediately update to this build when it is made available. Its not beta 2, but it should be better than beta 1, we hope!