Today, while browsing the forums, I spotted these posts:
What the heck is Windows Defender Offline Beta? Well, it appears to be a rename of the Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper. I may incorrect, but hear me through this.
Can Microsoft make it any more difficult for the user to understand, or for the forum volunteers to help support the users?
In the past two years (and earlier) we have seen these product names.
Microsoft ForeFront products
Malicious Software Removal Tool
Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner
Windows Live OneCare
Microsoft Security Essentials (mostly replacing Windows Defender and Windows Live OneCare)
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper
Microsoft Safety Scanner (replacing Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner)
Windows Defender Offline (replacing Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper)
Windows Defender (replacing Microsoft Security Essentials (in W8)
Why all the names? Ten different product names in two years. Ok, maybe three years. But, you see my point? And, this does not address things like NAP and NIS.
As good as the CURRENT incarnation of these products are, and that Microsoft appears to be driving toward some sort of naming standard, a rose, by any other name, still smells.
PS: Please, no product specifics. I know there are [minor] differences in some of these products. It is the deluge of product names not having been well thought through that bothers me.