Windows XP Service Pack 1 Beta Ships
The service pack includes not only security fixes and updates but also elements that comply with consent decree requirements.Microsoft Corp. on Thursday released the first beta of Service Pack 1 for its Windows XP operating system. While the service pack includes all the security fixes, application compatibility updates and updated drivers released since the launch of the product last October, it also includes elements that comply with the changes required by the consent decree between Microsoft, 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 and Outlook Express.
But while Microsoft believes these moves address some of the requirements of the consent decree with the Department of Justice, which is still being considered by Washington D.C. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, they are unlikely to satisfy the nine states, along with the District of Columbia, that have refused to sign off on the proposed antitrust settlement.