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 JamesTRexx on Thu 20th Dec 2007 14:59 UTC in reply to "Good Microsoft Support"
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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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