No XP Service Pack 3 until at least 2007

By Justin Mann on
Microsoft is taking their time for OS rollouts this year. Vista isn't due until December at least, and now it's revealed that Service Pack 3 for Windows XP won't even be around this year at all. Initially looking to be another set of security fix rollups, the amount of downloads Windows Update provides to a newly installed SP2 machine is hefty and 2007 seems like a long road. This is unusually long for a service pack release, leading some credence to Microsoft's claim of “full speed ahead” on Vista development. Some might see this as detracting from an existing OS to improve a future OS. From an IT management standpoint it isn't pretty, but with the vast improvements with Windows Updates over the past three years, it won't be a big hassle to the majority of conumers.

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