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Windows XP SP3 On The Horizon


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Windows XP SP3 On The Horizon

 

 

According to Microsoft press release about Unified Access Control and Network Access Protection, Windows XP service pack 3 (SP3) is in development and will be released later this year.

 

The Juniper Networks Infranet Controller, the policy management server at the heart of the Juniper UAC solution, will be able to leverage the built-in security assessment capabilities and the SOH protocol provided by the NAP agent built into the Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows XP operating systems. Microsoft Network Policy Server (NPS) brings a rich ecosystem of NAP health agents and will be able to interoperate with the Juniper Networks UAC solution in heterogeneous network environments.

 

Microsoft NPS can either act as a policy server or be leveraged by the Juniper Infranet Controller for rich endpoint information. Microsoft is announcing that Windows Vista supports this protocol today and Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will support it as well later this year.

 

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2...SJuniperPR.mspx

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SP2 pushed WMP9 on without the user having any choice and also effectively wrecked ECD5, so it's a safe bet that SP3 will push IE7 and WMP11 in. Anyone running EMC8 downwards had better get ready to say 'bye-bye' to them in that case

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With all the people here getting frantic because they can't find the EMC 9.1 patch, it will need an uncharacteristically strong user to resist SP3.

 

Of course, those who refuse it might end up as Soylent Green. :ninja:

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I found this using google. I don't know how accurate it is - do you trust microsoft.com?

 

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/servicepacks.mspx

 

SP3 for Windows XP Home Edition is currently planned for 1H CY2008. This date is preliminary.

 

SP3 for Windows XP Professional is currently planned for 1H CY2008. This date is preliminary.

 

So we can probably all beathe easier for most of a year - assuming First Half of Calendar Year 2008 accurate.

 

Lynn

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When did MS ever be accurate about release dates anyway? :lol:

 

If I recall, SP3 was actually ready to roll and got delayed for the launch of Vista - maybe they're going to wait until they get Vista debugged ;)

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When did MS ever be accurate about release dates anyway? :lol:

 

If I recall, SP3 was actually ready to roll and got delayed for the launch of Vista - maybe they're going to wait until they get Vista debugged ;)

That should assuredly push the date even further out then :P:lol:
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