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Windows XP Service Pack 3 Released to Manufacturing [forums.microsoft.com]
Today we are happy to announce that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has released to manufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 bits are now working their way through our manufacturing channels to be available to OEM and Enterprise customers.
We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. Online documentation for Windows XP SP3, such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and the Microsoft TechNet Windows XP TechCenter, will be updated then. For customers who use Windows XP at home, Windows XP SP3 Automatic Update distribution for users at home will begin in early summer.
I heard it's supposed to make XP even faster on Dual Core processors apparently.
I heard that too and I hope its true. I have several dual core machines that really do not run much faster than the other machines. So it was a little dissapointing when I purchased them. Then I heard that SP3 is the key to making them run a lot faster.
Here is hoping.
Can anyone who used the Beta version confirm this rumour?
If XP-SP3 blows chunks? Well, hey, I've lots of XP-SP2 laying about just ready for another run.
And since Vista is already listed as DOA right beside Win-ME, I'm looking to 2010 and Win-7.0.
As an aside, if Microsoft did write in a shut off to XP thru SP3 (which incidently, I find highly unlikely) we would just have to do a bit of a reformat then ... No worries.
Oh, and one more bit about the business end of it;
Microsoft would most likely do well to just be rid of the Internet Explorer. They would be dollars ahead if they just concentrated on the OS, and left the browser building to the experts.
Microsoft would most likely do well to just be rid of the Internet Explorer.
As I see it, there is no logical business reason to continue to develop and bundle Internet Explorer - it's just Corporate pride/stubbornness that's keeping it going.