SP2 gets Arabic release

Microsoft has announced that the Arabic language version of its Windows XP Service Pack 2 is now available online.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  November 1, 2004

Microsoft has announced that the Arabic language version of its Windows XP Service Pack 2 is now available online. “Service Pack 2 is a significant step in delivering on our goal to help customers make their PCs better isolated and more resilient in the face of increasingly sophisticated attacks,” said Mazen Shehadah, product marketing manager, Microsoft South Gulf. “It is the result of sustained investments in innovation and extensive industry collaboration. It also reflects a broad recognition that as the security environment changes, the industry needs to work together to respond.” This free upgrade for the Windows XP operating system includes the latest security updates and, Microsoft claims, bolsters PC security by automatically activating security settings and giving users better visibility and management of their security status. Since the launch of the English version of SP2 there has been much controversy over the value of the SP2 upgrade. One report by Canadian research company AssetMetrix for instance claimed that one in 10 PCs will have compatibility issues with Windows XP Service Pack 2. AssetMetrix recommends firms carry out full software inventories to identify the size of the potential impact, then keep an eye out for any updates from Microsoft on what applications are affected and ensure that image originals for XP are updated appropriately so that affected software isn’t re-deployed in the future. In order to combat the problem of software piracy, Microsoft decided to block the most popular pirated product IDs from working with SP2, though this move caused a stir with industry watchers, after some claimed that unsecured users amount to bigger problems for all users of Windows, legitimate or not. Microsoft’s announcement means both English and Arabic versions of the service pack are now available. These can be either downloaded direct from www.microsoft.com or customers without reliable net connections can request Service Pack 2 on CD.

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