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Windows XP SP3: Hands-On Preview
Microsoft confirmed today that the final version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 has been released to PC manufacturers right on schedule. The update will be available to end users to download next Tuesday, April 29, and pushed to Windows Update in June. A post on Microsoft's TechNet developer site confirmed the release.

Microsoft gave us an early look at the update as a 580MB disk image. What we saw is barely changed from our preview of an early beta of SP3, and seeing Windows XP SP3 for the first time is highly unremarkable.

Far from being a new operating system, Windows XP SP3 is really an accumulation of updates for compatibility, security, and performance. It doesn't contain new features found in Vista, aside from Network Access Protection (NAP), which lets XP systems work with Windows Server 2008's ability to enforce system health requirements before allowing access to network assets. In addition to that feature, the only actually new ones are "Black Hole" Router Detection, more description in the Security Options control panel, kernel-level support for FIPS 140-1 Level 1 compliant cryptography, and a new Product Activation system that allows installation without immediately requiring a product key.

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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 4/21/2008 10:53:41 PM

Microsoft's own antivirus fails to secure Vista
Microsoft's own antivirus software, Live OneCare, is unable to fully protect Vista users against viruses, and one of security firm McAfee's antivirus software packages also fails to protect users, according to independent research released Friday.

Security news Web site Virus Bulletin, backed by a team of security researchers based in Oxfordshire, U.K., tested 15 antivirus software packages used by businesses and designed specifically for Vista, Microsoft's newest operating system. The packages were released to businesses two months ago.

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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 2/6/2007 12:37:30 PM

Microsoft Offers To Help Firefox Run On Vista
The head of Microsoft's open source software lab has extended a helping hand to Mozilla Corp. if it's interested in making sure the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client run under Windows Vista.

In a posting to the Mozilla development planning discussion group, Sam Ramji, the director of the lab, said he had set aside office space for open-source developers and would make Microsoft engineers available to Firefox and Thunderbird coders.

"As part of my mission as an advocate for open source applications on Windows, I've gotten spaces set aside at the Windows Vista Readiness ISV Lab," wrote Ramji.

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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 8/22/2006 3:51:00 PM

Desktop OS's - Old vs New
The link is an interesting article about how many desktops are running what OS.

For corporate PCs the percentages were:
Windows 95 14.7%
Windows 98 12.5%
Windows 2000 >50%
Windows NT4 13.3%
Windows XP only 6.6%

Fo home PCs they quoted google as reporting that for all search requests done in September 2003:
29% were from PCs running Windows 98
38% from Windows XP-based PCs
20% from Windows 2000 PCs

Microsoft has announced that it will stop distribiting Windows 98 as of 31 December 2003, and will discontinue extended support for 98 in mid January.

Windows NT4 Workstation "end of life" is scheduled for June 30, 2004.
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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 12/14/2003 4:41:36 PM

Major privacy hole in Windows/MSN Messenger
A nifty feature in MSN and Windows Messenger which apparently was intended to identify IE users (without their knowledge or consent) on Microsoft Web sites can easily be abused by any Webmaster with a bit of Javascript or VBscript, a clever empiricist has discovered.

The feature allows anyone to obtain a surfer's Messenger username and those of his contacts, according to Richard Burton in a post Monday to the BugTraq mailing list.
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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 2/5/2002 4:05:38 PM

AOL ICQ in hacker risk alert
A remotely exploitable buffer overflow glitch poses a risk for AOL ICQ users who have failed to apply a security fix, CERT warned yesterday.

It says attackers who are able to exploit the vulnerability may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the victim user.
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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 1/27/2002 3:39:51 PM

Win XP doesn't work with WorksSuite Money 2001
There is a very serious issue with Microsoft's WorksSuite Money 2001 product working on Windows XP - it doesn't. And this means system builders may delay selling XP based machines.

Money 2001 is a component of Microsoft's WorksSuite 2001, which is a common software option on many system builders’ machines. The other Works package, Works 6.0, does not contain a version of Money.
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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 10/3/2001 10:56:31 AM

Microsoft unveils new XP Embedded version
The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant debuted the second beta of the component-based version of the operating system that is used for building connections between client devices such as terminals, retail point-of-sale devices, kiosks and set-top boxes.
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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 9/4/2001 3:21:34 PM

Unique ID is built into WinXP
Microsoft has quietly slipped a Universally Unique ID (UUID) into the ISO of build 2600 of Windows XP, thus giving itself the capability of tracking code leaks back to whoever it was that leaked them. News of the UUID's presence originally broke in the Microsoft beta newsgroups, but the matter has been followed up by Steve Gibson of GRC after postings were forwarded to him.
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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 8/28/2001 10:59:43 AM

AMD Announces Support for Microsoft® Windows® XP
SUNNYVALE, CA--AUGUST 24, 2001--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced, in conjunction with Microsoft's release to manufacturing of Windows® XP, support for Windows XP on AMD Athlon™ and AMD Duron™ processor-based systems. AMD collaborated with Microsoft during the development of the Windows XP operating system including the new versions of Windows Media Encoder and DirectX. AMD has provided systems and support for specific processor optimizations to enable Microsoft to maximize the digital media experience end users can receive from AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processor-based systems. Furthermore, AMD and Microsoft are working together on go-to-market plans targeted at computer users in the office and at home through a variety of channels.
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             Posted by: admin     Date Posted: 8/27/2001 10:35:16 AM


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