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Microsoft delays Windows XP Service Pack 3

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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

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"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 ?

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

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

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"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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Call it Vista.

Sales strategy

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Yes. I have notified the FBI.

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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.

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Yes. I have notified the FBI.

Is the font really that bad? :huh:

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As much as I hope MS takes their time and does Vista right, I wish it would get released because its holding everything up:

Windows Defender

IE7

XP SP3

And you're probably right, they'll delay and delay SP3 and finally release a half assed rollup. All I can say is thank God for Autopatcher!

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Is the font really that bad? :huh:

Are you really that dumb? :laugh:

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Call it Vista.

Sales strategy

:cool: Funny that. I was think the same. :pinch:

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Hopefully by then I will be running Vista. One of the few things that annoys me about Microsoft (although others do it too), is announcing release dates that just keep being put back.

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Pushing back release dates only means they are further improving the product. Seeing that XP has been running just fine since its release, there should be no rush for Vista.

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Yes. I have notified the FBI.

Post of the day :laugh:

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Yes. I have notified the FBI.

Lol! :laugh:

Oh well, I don't really mind the delay. I just hope Vista comes out on time.

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not that worried. i guess i'll be getting a new comp with vista by then.

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Posted (edited)

It would be nice of microsoft to release all of the patches it has created in the knowledgebase and not put onto windows update as some of them are useful, there are about 20 patches that aren't

Edited by Z3r0

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It would be nice of microsoft to release all of the patches it has created in the knowledgebase and not put onto windows update as some of them are useful, there are about 20 patches that aren't

agreed

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