Launch Date Set for XP Service Pack

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-09-03 Print this article Print

Microsoft this weekend released the first Windows XP Service Pack 1 to manufacturing; pack will be generally available Monday, Sept. 9.

Microsoft Corp. this weekend released Windows XP Service Pack 1 to manufacturing, but said the pack will be available for the general public via download or CD on Monday, September 9. 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 products launch last October. It also contains all the updates resulting from the Windows code review conducted earlier this year as part of the Trustworthy Computing initiative, as well as support for USB 2.0 and the .NET Framework.
Microsoft also added to the pack a number of elements that comply with the changes required by the consent decree between the software giant, the Department of Justice and the nine settling states.
Those elements include changes that allow both computer manufacturers and users to hide Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Windows Messenger, Outlook Express and Microsofts Java virtual machine. Jim Allchin, Microsofts group vice president for the platforms products group in Redmond, Wash., said SP1 also serves as the core foundation for several soon-to-be-released PC-based entertainment and productivity innovations, including Windows Media Player 9, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows-powered Smart Displays. "Microsoft is always focused on improving the reliability and security of Windows for our customers, and Service Pack 1 is the latest delivery on our commitment to those customers. Windows XP is the fastest-selling Windows license, with retail and OEM sales topping 46 million as of the end of June, just nine months after launch. "Also in that time, some 30,000 products have been designed for Windows XP by more than 800 development partners," Allchin said. Microsoft is also urging all Windows XP users to apply Windows XP SP1 to their systems. The latest update on SP1 follows last weeks release of 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 also released, in the middle of August, the second service pack for Office XP, which combined previously released and new updates into a single, integrated package.
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.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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