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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RE: Good Microsoft Support
by thavith_osn on Thu 20th Dec 2007 11:40 UTC in reply to "Good Microsoft Support"
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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:

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[3]: Good Microsoft Support
by CrLf on Thu 20th Dec 2007 20:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Good Microsoft Support"
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"Besides you can't forget that Windows 2003, 2003 R2 and 2008 were developed at the same time that Windows Vista"

Windows 2008 isn't out yet. Windows 2003 is not much more than Windows XP compiled for servers with Active Directory on top. And Windows 2003 R2 _is_ Windows 2003 SP1 with an extra CD with some GUI tools.

Windows Vista is actually something new, and that something new took them six years to develop.

Returning to the original subject, it is easy to support an OS for more than six years, especially when that OS is the most current version for most of that time.

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