Windows XP SP1: Next Monday
by Arie Slob
Hello Windows users,
Last Friday (August 30, and a few hours after I send out that weeks Newsletter...), Microsoft announced the
release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1). Microsoft at the same time announced that SP1 will be
available to the general public on Monday, September 9.
"Microsoft is always focused on improving the reliability and security of Windows for our customers, and Service Pack 1
is the latest delivery on our commitment to those customers," said Jim Allchin, group vice president for the Platforms
Products Group at Microsoft. "Windows XP is the most secure and dependable operating system we have ever produced, but
our work doesn't end when we ship the product. Windows XP Service Pack 1, along with services such as Windows Update, are
examples of how we help customers keep their PCs updated with the latest and greatest technology."
Windows XP SP1 includes all of the security patches currently available via Windows Update. It also contains all updates
resulting from the Windows code review conducted earlier this year as part of the Trustworthy Computing initiative.
In addition to the traditional service pack updates, Windows XP SP1 delivers the required changes of the proposed consent
decree signed with the U.S. Department of Justice and nine state attorneys general. The changes allow both computer
manufacturers and users to remove end-user access to Microsoft® Internet Explorer browser software, Windows Media
Player, Windows Messenger, Outlook® Express and Microsoft's Java virtual machine. This is just one of many components of
the compliance effort undertaken by Microsoft since the consent decree was signed in November 2001.
Windows XP SP1 will be available to the general public Monday, September 9, on the Windows XP Web site via download or CD
You can read a small preview on
Windows XP SP1 on my Web site.
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