Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 07 Sept. 2002, Vol 5 No. 36

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w   Windows XP Service Pack 1: Next Monday
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recommended Web Sites
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Windows XP SP1: Next Monday

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows XP 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 fulfillment.

You can read a small preview on Windows XP SP1 on my Web site.


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Microsoft Security

Certificate Validation Flaw Could Enable Identity Spoofing

Microsoft released a patch for all current Windows versions - as well as Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express for Mac - to fix a flaw that could enable an attacker to issue a digital certificate that, although bogus, would pass validation.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 98, 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 & NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Office for Mac
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer & Outlook Express for Mac


Recommended Web sites

Each month we will feature a few Web sites here, ones which sent us the most visitors to our Web site in the previous month. We would encourage you to visit these popular Web sites yourself!

Here are some sites in the Top 15 for August 2002:

The Top 15 sites are listed on our Web site.

Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past 2 weeks. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: GPS Devices -- Do You Feel Lost?
Added: Has Your Favorite P2P Been Letting You Down?

Added: Microsoft Debuts New Windows Media Player 9 Series
Added: Microsoft Security: Certificate Validation Flaw Could Enable Identity Spoofing

Windows XP
Added: Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) Preview
Added: Microsoft Releases Windows XP Media Center Edition to Manufacturing
Added: Microsoft Releases Windows XP Service Pack 1 to Manufacturing


GPS Devices -- Do You Feel Lost?

You can't go economical if you want a GPS that works well.

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Has Your Favorite P2P Been Letting You Down?

Problems acquiring good downloads lately? Too many empty files?

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Microsoft Debuts New Windows Media Player 9 Series

This week, at the Hollywood and Highlands Complex, Microsoft announced the immediate beta availability of the new Windows Media™ Player 9 Series. Windows Media Player 9 Series offers a host of new and improved features for both digital media enthusiasts and the power users who demand ultimate control and audiophile-level quality for creating, managing and playing back their digital music and video collections.

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Microsoft Releases Windows XP Media Center Edition to Manufacturing

This week Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition, the newest member of the Windows XP family, to computer manufacturers in the United States and Canada. With development of the software now complete, computer manufacturers working with Microsoft, including Hewlett-Packard Co. (offering distribution in North America) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea), will have the ability to ship the first wave of new media center PCs in time for the holiday shopping season.

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