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