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#1 Mike Allen

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 21:11

2 weeks ago I posted my annual list of what we can expect for this year. WinXP SP3 was also mentioned in the list, I put it in summer 2006 as I had several sources for this, including this official list.

Now it seems Microsoft silently changed the release date to 2007, while the publishing date of the list remains unchanged. Maybe I checked the list before that date, but I'm quite sure I didn't.

Last year in April, Ballmer said windows XP sp3 would ship before "Longhorn" comes out. Now it will be a year later: 2nd half or 2007!!

Anyway this sucks of course, in my opinion Windows should get a SP every year until the general support is dropped. Now home users, admins and OEMs who deploy XP have to download a lot of fixes when a new PC is installed. admins can slipstream the fixes but it is a hassle. A SP is very convenient in that way. No wonder techies build there own SP's and release the to the web. Waiting 3 years for a SP is too long!

I hate it when MS does this, and let me predict this Bink.nu headline somewhere in 2007:

"Microsoft cancels Windows XP SP3, instead comes with roll-up-fix"

Strangely SP2 for Windows Server 2003 is scheduled for 2nd half of 2006 (as in my list)

Source: Bink.nu
View: Windows Service Pack Road Map



#2 macmax

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:07

"Microsoft cancels Windows XP SP3, instead comes with roll-up-fix"

They just left network admins like me on their own .... I hate it ... What next ? New OS every year and no SP for any OS thereafter ?

#3 TheTerminator

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:09

Why does microsoft even try to plan things? They suck at it.

#4 chopyaedoff

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:10

It's all just a clever marketing plan to make everone buy Vista - I'll be buying Vista anyway tho.

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:10

"Microsoft has stated they will release SP3 for XP ... some time in the future"
that's what'll be happening soon I think...

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:14

Call it Vista.

Sales strategy

#7 RootWind

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:14

Why does microsoft even try to plan things? They suck at it.

It's pretty hard to plan dates for anything to do with software. Unlike building something physical, you have no idea when you will face a problem that may take an indefinite amount of time to resolve.

#8 Slimy

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:15

Fine by me, let them put all their effort into windows vista :)

#9 Rudy

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:16

i guess my computer is never going to get SP3 :p

#10 TheWahbinator

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:23

If Windows NT 4 had 6 service packs within its 4-year lifespan, why can't Windows XP's cycle be faster? After all, there's seperate teams working on Vista and the rest of the products at MS.

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:35

Oh well, there is always RyanVM's post SP2 update pack untill Vista arrives i guess....

#12 Chode

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:44

Am I the only one who found the font of the original post distasteful?

#13 jmc777

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 22:57

Am I the only one who found the font of the original post distasteful?



Yes. I have notified the FBI.

#14 vetSimon

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 23:00

Silly Microsoft, tricks are for kids.

Seriously though, stop guessing dates and try being totally spontaneous like Apple. Their announcements are always fun because there's always something unexpected.

#15 OP Mike Allen

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 23:05

Yes. I have notified the FBI.


Is the font really that bad?
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