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 shapeshifter on Fri 21st Dec 2007 16:02 UTC in reply to "Good Microsoft Support"
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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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