SP2 details revealed

Microsoft has released more details about its upcoming Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. The update will include a heavy focus on security according to the company’s chairman and CEO Bill Gates.

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By  Peter Branton Published  February 25, 2004

Microsoft has released more details about its upcoming Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. The update will include a heavy focus on security according to the company’s chairman and CEO Bill Gates. Speaking at a security conference in San Francisco, US, Gates said the company had decided to make security a key focus for the service pack. “SP2 is a release that is entirely focused on security,” he said. While the company is working longer-term towards the next generation of Windows, code-named Longhorn, that is still some time away. In January at the Microsoft Middle East Developer’s Conference, Gates said it would be two years or longer before the OS was released. SP2 is intended to bridge the gap, and help to allay some of the criticism Microsoft has taken on the security front. Now expected in the middle of this year, SP2 itself was expected to ship last year, based on Microsoft’s timetables for releasing service packs for other products. Nasser Khan Ghazi, DPE director for Microsoft Middle East said the delay was due to Microsoft’s desire to beef up its security content. Security improvements include an improved firewall and a pop-up ad blocker.

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