A new "Refresh" version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 2 was made available Tuesday on Microsoft Update, according to Microsoft representatives.
The primary goal of the release is for its developers to validate improvements to the Windows Update procedure, but a couple of minor additions were also included. As with the previous RC2, you need to download and run a small program available from Microsoft Download Center that makes a registry change on your PC in order for the update to be offered.
Microsoft does not recommend using this still-beta version for mission-critical computing. The Refresh includes rollups of all previous updates, "as well as functionality that make it easier for enterprises to co-manage both Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista PCs within same corporate environment," according to Microsoft. The only other notable enhancement over the earlier XP SP3 RC2 is the inclusion of support for HD Audio.
More information on this development can be found at Microsoft TechNet. According to the related post there, this lastest release is designated Build 5508 and the earlier XP SP3 RC2 is Build 3311. The release is available in English, German, and Japanese. Microsoft Windows XP SP3 is scheduled for full release in the first half of 2008, and many industry analysts expect it to happen in April.
Source: PC Magazine
There are a lot of users out there who are still stuck on dial-up, so updating to Vista SP1 won't be an easy task for them. Thankfully they can order the Vista SP1 DVD from NewEgg for $5.00. It's a great deal for those with dial-up or those who would like to have a hard copy of the service pack.
NewEgg always has very fast shipping and best of all, this offer has free 3 day business shipping. So you'll get it even faster than if you were to order it directly from Microsoft. This DVD is for the Service Pack only and is not a full Windows Vista with SP1 integrated installation media.
Source: NewEgg Vista SP1 Deal
Microsoft will release Windows XP Service Pack 3 during the second half of April, according to a report from a Web site that has correctly predicted recent Windows ship dates.
TechARP.com, a Malaysian Web site that nailed Vista SP1's release-to-manufacturing (RTM) date last month as well as its release to Windows Update last week, said that Microsoft will wrap up work on XP's third and final service pack next month. The site pegged RTM for Windows XP SP3 as "second half of April 2008" for seven languages, with a follow-on RTM of the remaining supported languages "approximately 21 days" later.
By TechARP's account, Microsoft will first finish work on the English, German, Japanese, French, Chinese, Korean and Spanish versions of the service pack.
Microsoft declined comment, other than to repeat an earlier statement about the service pack's timing. "We are targeting 1H [first half] 2008 for the release of XP SP3 RTM, though our timing will always be based on customer feedback as a first priority," a spokeswoman said in an e-mail.
The last time Microsoft made a public move with Windows XP SP3 was a little over a month ago, when it posted a second release candidate to Windows Update.
Source: PC World
A new version of Mozilla's popular Firefox Web browser is ready for download with improved security and memory use as the tiny company takes a stab at Microsoft Corp's dominant Internet Explorer.
The program's creators told Reuters on Thursday that the privately-held company's trial version of Firefox 3 browser is ready for the masses to use after months of development.
Until now, the company has discouraged average Internet users from moving on from Firefox 2, which was launched in October 2006.
"In many ways it (Firefox 3) is much more stable than anything else out there," Mozilla Corp Vice President of Engineering Mike Schroepfer said in an interview.
Now that Windows Vista service pack 1 has been released, all eyes have shifted to Microsoft's plans for Windows XP service pack 3, the final package of updates for the trusty OS. And, according to at least one source, Microsoft will roll out XP SP3 next Monday.
As of Wednesday afternoon Pacific time, the BitTorrent search engine Mininova listed a 568.73 MB Windows XP Professional SP3 5503 file available for download. The file, which had 112 seeds and 417 leeches, had been downloaded 2083 times since it was posted Tuesday, according to the listing.
According to the file description notes, Microsoft will release the final version of XP SP3 on March 24, but the 5503 test build passes all Windows Genuine Advantage checks and is able to download Windows updates that previous XP SP3 builds weren't able to, which suggests that it could, in fact, be the final RTM build.
There may be an actual window of opportunity for graphics chip producer NVidia to acquire some x86 CPU design expertise and production prowess. But as In-Stat's Jim McGregor told us, there are reasons why NVidia + Via wouldn't work.
There are more than two CPU producers in the known universe, although it's Intel and AMD that tend to dominate any discussion of it. But what could be the world's #3 CPU producer -- a very distant third -- is once again the topic of discussion, as rumors of Via Technologies' possible acquisition by graphics chip producer NVidia were turned up from "simmer" to "high" this morning, by a report from the respected Taiwanese industry daily DigiTimes.
NVidia has declined public comment on what it calls speculation, and Via Technologies denied it was a takeover target. But the discussion on the matter has many wondering whether the pairing makes any sense, especially after NVidia rival ATI's acquisition by AMD.