I heard a rumour yesterday that Windows XP service pack 3 (SP3) will be released soon. I haven’t been able to substantiate it yet, but it does sound plausible.
It’s been over a year since SP2 was released and, because it was such a massive update, many organisations still haven’t adopted it because they are worried about the impact that the new security features will have on their infrastructure.
I guess because we’ve heard so little about SP3, when it arrives we can expect it to consist basically of a rollup of hotfixes since SP2, plus SP2 itself; but its arrival will mean is that, based on the Microsoft support lifecycle, SP1 will effectively be out of support. Now’s the time to think seriously about SP2/3 adoption!