Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:17 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Windows Microsoft has posted the release candidate of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to its download site. The move marks the first opportunity for all users of the six-year-old operating system to try out its final upgrade. Previously, several thousand users were given access to test builds of SP3 only by Microsoft's invitation. Update: I just installed the RC on my Windows XP MCE installation, and it all went fairly painless. I haven't noticed anything radically different either yet.
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Good Microsoft Support
by shaniadollinger on Thu 20th Dec 2007 11:04 UTC
shaniadollinger
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2007-07-04

This proves that even being the most hated company all around the world, and despite being accused of forcing you to upgrade to recent product versions, Microsoft can achive to give support for more than six years to a product, and that's a lot of time indeed. No intend to attack free software at all, but I lack this kind of "easy" support over time in some GNU/Linux distributions.

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RE: Good Microsoft Support
by netpython on Thu 20th Dec 2007 11:37 in reply to "Good Microsoft Support"
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

" Microsoft can achive to give support for more than six years to a product, and that's a lot of time indeed."

You turn a necessity in to a feature. Oh well, I rather have a new release every two years then six years of support for old code.

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shaniadollinger Member since:
2007-07-04

New releases are more traumatic that upgrades. I'm okay with a company releasing new versions, but I appreciate them too for upgrading old ones. After all, if an old software is working, security fixes are enough for me. I have no need to install a new version, besides, the old hardware might cease working.

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RE[2]: Good Microsoft Support
by polaris20 on Thu 20th Dec 2007 16:03 in reply to "RE: Good Microsoft Support"
polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

New software != Better in all cases. Vista being the glaring example. I'd rather have a patched XP Pro that's nice and fast than Vista.

Linux example would be SuSe 10.2. 10.2 is inferior to 10.1, and it was until 10.3 that new releases of SuSe became usable again (in my opinion).

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RE[2]: Good Microsoft Support
by MollyC on Thu 20th Dec 2007 16:33 in reply to "RE: Good Microsoft Support"
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2006-07-04

"You turn a necessity in to a feature. Oh well, I rather have a new release every two years then six years of support for old code."

How about both? Apple releases a new OS upgrade every 2 years or so, but also has a policy of only supporting the most recent two upgrades at any given time. I don't like it that my OSX Panther installation was officially EOL'ed with the release of OSX Leopard, making that just 4 years of support. So I get no more security updates or bug fixes unless I pay to upgrade. Well, that's better than Apple's support of Jaguar, which was only 2.5 years. Meanwhile, Microsoft will be supporting XP thru 2014. That's 13 years of support.

Edited 2007-12-20 16:36

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jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

"Oh well, I rather have a new release every two years then six years of support for old code."

You might, but that's a nightmare for businesses from both a financial perspective and a support standpoint.

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RE: Good Microsoft Support
by thavith_osn on Thu 20th Dec 2007 11:40 in reply to "Good Microsoft Support"
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

Maybe it shows that MS couldn't bring out another OS that people wanted after six years - so were forced to support it. Just a thought...

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shaniadollinger Member since:
2007-07-04

I think that your opinion may be right or may be wrong, but you can't deny that a SP3 is good for the Windows XP installed base and for the new installs that don't choose Vista and stay with Windows XP by now.

The skills of Microsoft developing an OS in six years is off-topic in my opinion. Besides you can't forget that Windows 2003, 2003 R2 and 2008 were developed at the same time that Windows Vista (apart from other applications outside the OS camp), so your comment may be not as accurate as you thought it to be.

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RE: Good Microsoft Support
by JamesTRexx on Thu 20th Dec 2007 14:59 in reply to "Good Microsoft Support"
JamesTRexx Member since:
2005-11-06

but I lack this kind of "easy" support over time in some GNU/Linux distributions


Which is quite understandable as supporting older versions takes more work. That's why you won't find it in the distros that don't have enough corporate backing or developers.
Microsoft has enough resources to keep support going for their older versions, something some paying customers also demand.

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RE: Good Microsoft Support
by rockwell on Thu 20th Dec 2007 19:45 in reply to "Good Microsoft Support"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

This proves that even being the most hated company all around the world,

Actually, they're only "hated" by Linux and Mac fanbois.

Hardly a noticeable slice of the world population. They're probably "loved" by millions more, whom have made their living (and increased their wealth) with Microsoft.

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RE[2]: Good Microsoft Support
by raver31 on Fri 21st Dec 2007 07:59 in reply to "RE: Good Microsoft Support"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

No, they are probably hated by millions around the world with all the lost data that people have suffered with their insecure products.
They are also seen as a greedy American Corporation by the governments and the people of countless countries around the world.

And their shill supporters like you, are also seen as money greedy scumbags, as indeed your last post let us all see...

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RE: Good Microsoft Support
by shapeshifter on Fri 21st Dec 2007 16:02 in reply to "Good Microsoft Support"
shapeshifter Member since:
2006-09-19

This proves that even being the most hated company all around the world, and despite being accused of forcing you to upgrade to recent product versions, Microsoft can achive to give support for more than six years to a product, and that's a lot of time indeed. No intend to attack free software at all, but I lack this kind of "easy" support over time in some GNU/Linux distributions.


Gee, unbelievable what the Microsoft fanboys will come up with.
Microsoft has nothing, absolutely nothing going for it right now.
Vista is a failure, Windows 7 is years away, and XP is a patchwork no longer attractive to users who are getting really bored with this old OS.
Mac sale are up, Linux is making inroads to both server and desktop, and so Microsoft will do anything to keep people hooked on its junk.
If Vista was better received by the market, you can bet Microsoft would not release SP3 for XP.

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