With the emphasis on IE7 and Windows Vista, Microsoft has announced that the next Service Pack for Windows XP will be delayed until 2008.
Quoting Microsoft’s site:
SP3 for Windows XP Home Edition is currently planned for 1H CY2008. This date is preliminary. SP3 for Windows XP Professional is currently planned for 1H CY2008. This date is preliminary.
What? Some time in the first half of 2008?
Can you believe that hogwash, given as many security patches as have been released for Windows XP and with the scheduled push-out of Internet Explorer 7 as a “Critical Update” in November?
Of course, they may just want to wait until they’ve got some of the bugs out of IE7 <grin>…
Already, some of the press is speculating that this is part of a Microsoft push to get people and businesses to upgrade to Windows Vista.
Like that’s going to happen… Microsoft is going to have to do a real sales job on WHY we ought to upgrade to Vista –— given that we’ll have to spend a fortune on the latest video cards and memory to upgrade our current computers.
So far, I haven’t seen or heard anything that makes me want to jump on the Vista bandwagon.
Of course, notebook users like me will be out of luck. We’ll stay with Winodws XP until we replace our notebooks for other reasons. Vista’s cute graphics won’t be usable on our notebooks, since most of our notebook video cards don’t meet the graphics requirements for “AeroGlass,” so Vista would revert to XP-style graphics.
With Microsoft saying 512MB memory minimum, you know that means you need 1GB if you want to run one program — and 2GB if you like to multi-task like I do.
Windows XP is here to stay for a long time. But, different releases have already reached end of support. The original, no-service-pack version has already gone to “unsupported” status. Support for Service Packs 1 and 1A ended on October 10, 2006.
If you’re not running Service Pack 2, update NOW!