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(This sounded good on paper, but Sinofsky’s over-reaction was as extreme in one direction as Allchin was in the other, and I’d argue that the more temperate Terry Myerson, who runs Windows today, strikes the right balance here.) Steven Sinofsky officially became the president of Microsoft’s Windows division in July 2009.But Sinofsky was working on Windows two years before that, and he was responsible for Vienna.

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A lot of what you may have read about MSE online, however, is untrue.

It is most definitely not a "cloud computing" AV solution, whatever the heck that was supposed to mean, though one aspect of MSE's internal updating mechanism offers nearly real time protection.

So Windows Vienna was originally seen as a minor update to Windows Vista, one that would correct its performance and compatibility problems.

This is of course exactly what Windows 7 was, too, but Sinofsky refused to think in terms of major and minor releases.

Indeed, my first peeks at the successor to Windows Vista happened in early 2007, just as Vista was heading out to disinterested consumers.

Windows Vienna was originally part of a now-dead release cadence—instituted first by the Server team—of major/minor releases, where each major Windows release (Vista) would be followed by a minor release (Vienna).

One last bit: While screenshot fakes were particularly rampant during the Longhorn days, Vienna wasn’t really around long enough to benefit from a cavalcade of fakes.

But I did debunk one particularly bad fake in March 2007. My last Vienna tip came in late March 2007, courtesy of some internal slides.

Finally, Microsoft relented, and agreed it was time to go public, about a week earlier than originally planned. Morro, of course, will be called Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) when it ships later this year around the same time as the Windows 7 general availability (GA) milestone.

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