First Windows XP Service Pack on the Launch Pad

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-08-28 Print this article Print

SP1, due next week, will include all the security fixes, application compatibility updates and updated drivers released since the launch of the product last October.

Microsoft Corp. is expected to release the first service pack for Windows XP sometime next week. Sources close to the Redmond, Wash., software company told eWEEK on Wednesday that SP1 could be made available as early as next Tuesday, immediately after the Labor Day weekend. The service pack, which has been in beta since June, will include all the security fixes, application compatibility updates and updated drivers released since the launch of the product last October.
In addition, a number of elements that comply with the changes required by the consent decree between Microsoft, the Department of Justice and the nine settling states are also included.
Those elements include changes that allow both computer manufacturers and users to hide Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Windows Messenger and Outlook Express. But while Microsoft believes these moves address some of the requirements of the consent decree, which is still being considered by Washington D.C. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, the nine states and the District of Columbia that have refused to sign off on the proposed antitrust settlement are calling for a modular version of the Windows operating system in addition to the fully integrated version of the product. On Tuesday, Microsoft released additional technical information that should let third-party developers create software that works well with Windows. The release of this information is also mandated in its proposed antitrust settlement. Microsoft Tuesday posted information about several hundred interfaces used by its middleware to obtain services from the Windows 2000 and Windows XP desktop client operating systems. "While the vast majority of these interfaces were already documented among the thousands of application programming interfaces [APIs] in the Microsoft Platform Software Development Kit, Microsoft teams identified a few hundred undocumented Windows interfaces that were used by one or more of the Microsoft Middleware components," the company said. "Microsofts technical writers have documented these interfaces and made them available as APIs in the MSDN Online Library. After Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 releases, the Platform SDK will be available on the Microsoft Platform SDK download Web site." Related Stories:
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    Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

    He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

    He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

    He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

    He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

    He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

    His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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