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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