My former colleagues at Microsoft have responded to the issue I raised last week and have updated the PowerPivot.com download page to include links to both the “beta” of v2 as well as the latest, trusted version of v1.
Still not perfect though, as the v2 link remains first
And since not everyone knows that “2012 RC0” means “test version that won’t work with your servers, or anyone using v1” and that “2008 R2” means “version 1, the one you need for production environments,” well, this could still use some serious clarification.
So let me make it 100% clear which link is good for what purpose:
First Link is a Test Version of V2, Second Link is Released Version of V1