No SP2-Style Security Updates for Windows 2000

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2004-08-23 Print this article Print

Windows 2000 users will have to wait for "Longhorn."

Although Microsoft Corp. deems the security improvements included in Windows XP Service Pack 2 important enough to divert the companys resources from "Longhorn," these updates wont be coming to users of the older but still heavily used Windows 2000 operating system.

Labs Director Jim Rapoza said Microsoft needs to offer a Windows 2000 service pack with similar security improvements. Click here to read his column.
This doesnt mean that companies running Windows 2000 are in grave danger lest they upgrade. Several of the key new features in SP2, such as firewall protection and the Security Center dashboard, can be obtained through third-party software, such as the Symantec Corp. Client Security 2.0 product we reviewed in April.

However, individual users of Windows 2000 will likely miss most of the improvements SP2 makes to Internet Explorer, such as pop-up blocking and an add-on manager. Microsoft has made it clear that IE will receive new features only as part of operating system updates, so Windows 2000 users will have to shift to an alternative such as Mozilla Firefox if theyre interested in taking advantage of browser innovation moving forward.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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