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Thurrott Claims XP Service Pack 3 Will Never Happen, But It Probably Will

Paul Thurrott made an interesting and even plausible claim in his recent Short Takes column, saying that Windows XP Service Pack 3 will never be released, and that Microsoft has no intention of releasing it. He calls it “the worst kiss-off to any Microsoft product I’ve ever seen, and you’d think the company would show a little more respect to its best-selling OS of all time”.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft did it, as the idea of service packs is more of a psychological and milestone one, not a legitimate measure of anything, and patches would have sufficed instead of a full-fledged SP3. Wouldn’t have been surprised, yes, but it’s not going to happen. Mary Jo Foley just went ahead and asked them, and Microsoft still contends that XP SP3 is coming, scheduled for the first half of next year.

Service packs don’t mean much. The first service pack of an operating system sends an important message, and makes many companies finally try it, while later service packs do the same to a lesser extent, but the service pack itself typically brings little new to the table. There is nothing in a service pack that couldn’t be delivered as an automatic update, and it could be argued that service packs even convince a small number to not install updates until they are all bundled together.

I’m not a big fan of the idea of service packs, especially if they delay important updates (like the XP SP2 version of IE6). Still, if some IT departments need their SPteddy bear to make their lives easier, whatever to them.

Another interesting update: Windows Movie Maker for Vista 2.6. This update is not to be installed unless you are faced with this error message:

Windows Movie Maker cannot start because your video card does not support the required level of hardware acceleration or hardware acceleration is not available

I hate how buggy Movie Maker becomes on even typical hardware. It needs some sort of restart to get the codebase to run regardless of hardware configurations. I don’t care what it takes; operating system software should never ship with this many problems. Often, a codec pack will wipe out Movie Maker from functioning at all, and that’s unacceptable.

April 12th, 2007 Posted by | General, Vista, Windows | one comment

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  1. heh. I’ll take my SPteddy bear and “wait for awhile before deploying fixes approach” thank you very much:

    Yet another fiasco that proves my point:

    Live systems should not be uses as MS beta test farms.

    Comment by DosFreak | April 12, 2007

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