Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Apr 2007 20:58 UTC, submitted by rx182
Windows Paul Thurrot writes about Windows XP SP3: "If you were looking for any glimpse into the mind of Microsoft, this is it: the company has completely abandoned Windows XP, and it has absolutely no plans to ever ship an XP SP3. My guess is that Microsoft will do what it did with the final Windows 2000 Service Pack: claim years later that it's no longer needed and just ship a final security patch roll-up. This is the worst kiss-off to any Microsoft product I've ever seen, and you'd think the company would show a little more respect to its best-selling OS of all time."
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RE[2]: There will be a XP SP3
by cushioncritter on Mon 9th Apr 2007 17:24 UTC in reply to "RE: There will be a XP SP3"
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If one was running NT4 SP6 and happened to reinstall NT4 with no service packs, the performance difference was incredible. The minimum (official Microsoft, i.e. memory, CPU) requirements for the OS actually grew during the SP process. The same holds for Windows 2000 SP0 vs SP4. Obviously you didn't notice the gradual performance slide installing SP1-SP4, you probably "added memory, faster processor, etc." to compensate. I realized I was throwing away a machine (512M, Pentium I) that had actually been "fast" when Win2K was first installed on it and seemed like a dog with Win 2K SP3, XP, etc.

An install of Win 3.1 on current hardware takes less than 20 _seconds_, to give you some idea how bloated Windows has become.

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