Microsoft continues to be mute on the release of version 2.0 of its free security solution for users with genuine copies of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP even at almost a week after the first v2.0 downloads went live.
There are various company employees that blogged about the release of Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0
, but the software giant has yet to say anything officially about the general availability of MSE 1.0’s successor.
There wasn’t a press release, a blog post, nothing. Microsoft spokespersons did confirm the release, but only if asked to do so.
This is pretty much all they said on MSE 2.0: “Microsoft Security Essentials was also updated on December 16th, with new antimalware technology so that consumers and small businesses can enjoy enhanced protection and performance as well.”
The MSE website shows no indication that the downloads have been refreshed, and even the knowledge base article accompanying the v2.0 release was left untouched since late June 2010.
This is extremely strange for the Redmond company, especially in the context in which it trumpeted the impending release of MSE when it was dubbed codename Morro.
In the past year, the software giant revealed that MSE 1.0 had been downloaded over 30 million time, started working on version 2.0.
Fact is that the first Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 received extraordinarily more time in the limelight compared to the RTM Build, when common sense dictates that it should have been the other way around.
Personally, I don’t get Microsoft’s silence on MSE 2.0. However, I don’t really like it. Maybe because it reminds me of the silence that preceded the death of Windows Live OneCare.
I’m more than sure that users would like more details from the Redmond company about Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 RTM, as well as the direction in which MSE is heading in the future. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 2.0 RTM is available for download here.