Windows 2000 SP3 Adds Antitrust Tweaks
After a long break between releases, Microsoft this week issued the Windows 2000 SP3 Release Candidate SP3 which adds support for Automatic Updates to comply with the company's antitrust settlement with the DOJ.After a long break between releases, Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday issued the Windows 2000 SP3 Release Candidate, marked build 3.140. The long awaited update weighs in at 17MB and 30MB for Professional and Server versions of the operating system, respectively. This third service pack for Windows 2000 began beta testing late last year, and was originally slated to be a maintenance release including no new features. However, SP3 will end up as quite a significant update, adding support for Automatic Updates and a new configuration pane to comply with Microsofts antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and nine states.
Dubbed "Configure Programs," the new feature appears as part of Add/Remove Programs accessible via the Control Panel. Users will be given the option to override Microsoft defaults and select a custom Web browser, e-mail client, media player, instant messenger, and Java virtual machine. There will also be an option to hide integrated Windows components such as Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player.