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laracroft8290
29-04-04, 13:44
Microsoft has delayed the planned release date of its next update to Windows XP by about a month, CNET News.com has learned.

The software maker had originally said Windows XP Service Pack 2 would be released in its final form in the first half of this year, but a representative told CNET News.com on Wednesday that the release is now likely to come later in the summer.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 (http://news.com.com/2100-1016-5128984.html?tag=nl) is largely intended to bolster the security of Windows XP, but also will add features such as a pop-up ad blocker to Internet Explorer.

Internally, Microsoft is now targeting a July release as opposed to the June release originally intended, according to a source familiar with the company's plans. Microsoft has already released one near-final "release candidate" version of the software but is planning on another one before it puts its stamp of approval on the software.

The company representative said Microsoft is still trying to incorporate the feedback it has gotten from testers of the software.

"Ultimately, it will ship when it meets the quality standards Microsoft customers demand," the representative said.

Microsoft has shifted a significant number of its Windows staff to the service pack release, a move that has also pushed back the company's timeframe for launching Longhorn, the next major update to Windows.

News.com (http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3-5201656.html?tag=nefd.top)

Neteru
30-04-04, 05:51
Are we surprised? When I heard it was to be released in June, I thought, that should be about January 2005 then. Such delays are par for the course and should be expected. Personally I'm not at all excited about SP2. A popup blocker? Um, already have one incorporated in my Mozilla browser, but good for those who STILL use IE. Enhanced XP firewall? Mine is and always has been turned off and will remain so. MS XP software firewall is a joke.

laracroft8290
30-04-04, 13:31
SP2 is more of a security service pack than anything else. I'm glad to see Microsoft has finally focused their attention to detail.