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    XP SP2 and Service Pack Roadmap

    Microsoft has issued a 12 month roadmap projecting that service pack releases for Windows Operating Systems on their Life Cycle Website on August 15, 2003 for Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 and they are saying the estimated date of availability of XPSP2 is Q3 2004 and as early as mid-2004 according to XP Chief and Windows Group Vice President Jim Allchin in an interview with Windows.net Magazine's Paul Thurrott. No mini-service pack will be released before then according to Microsoft.

    Windows Service Pack Roadmap Released August 15, 2003: Windows Life Cycle Page

    Wininformant on Projected Windows XP SP2 Release by mid-2004:

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    Re: XP SP2 and Service Pack Roadmap

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    I think they've got the release date of Windows XP Pro SP1a wrong -- I did my download on 5th February 2003, not shortly after 4th September 2002... SP1 I downloaded on 10th September 2002.
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    Re: XP SP2 and Service Pack Roadmap

    You're correct absolutely. But in the scheme of things, this site's mistake is the least of their problems. H ere's further documentation for you--unless of course they screwed up the printed date on the KB's for SP1 release here. SP2 will just be a packaging of a bunch of security fixes for the most part--many before, and many after. But MS loves the fact that there is so much press when they hiccup a possible release date.

    322389: How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack

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    Re: XP SP2 and Service Pack Roadmap

    Staggered to see that there are <big>100</big> (count 'em!) post-SP1a hotfixes for Windows XP! (At the time of typing, of course!).
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    Re: XP SP2 and Service Pack Roadmap

    <hr>One such potential feature is Microsoft's PC Satisfaction package, currently in beta testing. PC Satisfaction extends the native functionality of Windows XP with services such as an enhanced firewall and virus scanner that give customers a better Windows experience out of the box.

    Although Microsoft has not yet announced how it plans to issue PC Satisfaction in its final form, the company hinted that a new firewall would be enabled by default in the next Windows XP update<hr>
    Wasn't there an old Rolling Stones' number about not being able to get any satisfaction? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: XP SP2 and Service Pack Roadmap

    John--

    Microsoft is really seriously considering making these patches automatic, although I'm sure you would always have the option to uninstall them--but who knows?:

    MS Weighs Automatic Security Updates as Defaults
    Computerworld: Patch Management Burdens Customers

    I get these patches what I consider the easy way automatic and PGP signed,through the Security Update Email Alerts--(of course don't ever think a patch is emailed to you unless it's a phone discussion where a KB forced you to call for the patch with MS support for special patches for niche problems) and with the 4 alerts--one was an update of just a few hours from the previous patch, the other I had to figure out if I had an MDAC component in Windows XP while not running any server: "Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) is a collection of components that are used to provide database connectivity on Windows platforms. MDAC is a ubiquitous technology, and it is likely to be present on most Windows systems." The answer is yes, but I objectively think that the number of patches, all things considered, all respect due, is just way too many and will confuse a lot of people. The answer is to have the need for less patches. This has happened as often as 3 times a week and that's just objectively too many hotfixes since the rollout of XP or any OS.

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    Re: XP SP2 and Service Pack Roadmap

    No satisfaction? What about the entertainment value of yet another antitrust lawsuit, this time by the vendors of firewall and antivirus products? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: XP SP2 and Service Pack Roadmap

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    I can see a lot of complaints from corporates, who would want to do ONE download from the Windows Update site, then distribute it across the WAN/LANs to (say) 2500 machines -- like we do now -- rather than have 2500 separate machines completely tieing up the line to their ISP, each downloading what could be (and often is) several megabytes of patch data.

    Looks like the Patch Management industry (eg Shavlik's HFNetChk) is going to expand hugely...
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