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Windows XP Service Pack 2: What you'll get and when you'll get it

A look at Gates and co’s latest security baby Microsoft has been showing off its Service Pack 2 offering and dropping some serious hints as to what users can expect from the security-focused, soon-to-be-ubiquitous offering. The message from the Redmond types is that SP2 is not just a collection of patches, it’s a more comprehensive addition of security code as well as other software bits and bobs  like an overhaul of the wireless LAN user interface  that will turn up on users’ desktops as well. SP2 will herald the change to a system provisionally known as ‘delta patching’  a term that Microsoft says will be changed to something “more fluffy” when the pack is eventually released  whereby patches will only download changes to a file, not the entire file itself. It’s a change that Microsoft reckons will cut download times by 80 per cent and is aimed as a nod to the dial-up populace. Full Story

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