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  1. #1
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    Microsoft Ships Windows XP SP2 RC2
    Sometime this morning, Microsoft will publicly launch the second
    public preview release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the
    oft-delayed Release Candidate 2 (RC2) build, giving customers one last
    chance to test the product and the myriad of changes it brings. XP SP2
    is an extensive, security-oriented update to XP that, in many ways, is
    as disruptive as a major Windows release.
    "The updates and enhancements in Windows XP SP2 focus on three main
    areas," a Microsoft spokesperson told me late yesterday, "including
    stronger security settings, increased manageability and control, and
    improved and more secure experiences." XP SP2 includes stronger
    default security settings and updates; new features and tools that
    will help customers better defend their systems, including information
    about attackers, viruses, and other security threats; more accessible
    and intuitive security tools, including the new Windows Security
    Center; updates for key drivers; support for new technologies; and
    security updates for key features.
    For Tablet PC users, the update also provides a major refresh of XP
    Tablet PC Edition that adds a much-improved Tablet Input Panel and
    other features. Likewise, Media Center PC users will find their
    systems updated to XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, also a major update,
    after they install XP SP2.
    You can download XP SP2 RC2 from the Microsoft Web site sometime
    today (see the first URL below). For more information about this
    crucial release, refer to my review of the product on the SuperSite
    for Windows (see the second URL below).
    http://www.microsoft.com/sp2preview
    http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/windowsxp_sp2.asp

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    Let's hope they get the final out the door soon, and the spam flood subsides.

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    Should help to slow down a lot of the
    driveby installs quite a bit too. This has
    been needed for a long time.

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