Microsoft Shares More Details on Embedded XP SP2

Microsoft's "other" Service Pack 2 release, due later this year, includes some new features of interest to embedded-device makers.

To date, Microsoft Corp. has not made public much information about Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2, other than to say it would provide all the same security goodies as regular SP2, but modified for embedded devices.

On Monday, Microsoft lifted the Embedded SP2 curtain.

Earlier this year, Microsoft officials had said to expect Embedded SP2 to follow the plain-vanilla SP2 by about 60 days. Microsofts new official pronouncement is that Embedded SP2 will follow the full-fledged SP2 by 90 days. The final release is still set to ship before the end of the year.

Also on Monday, Microsoft made the most recent "technical preview" beta available as a free download from its Windows Embedded Web site. The beta is aimed at embedded device makers and ISVs designing products for devices, such as medical equipment, kiosks and thin-client systems.

The embedded version of SP2 will feature many of the same security fixes and features that the full-fledged SP2 offers. It also will include improved support for the Software Update Services (now officially known as "Windows Update Services") and Systems Management Server patch-delivery mechanisms, company officials said.

Embedded SP2 will be the foundation for the forthcoming Windows Embedded for Point of Service product that Microsoft unveiled Monday.


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