Wednesday, January 14, 2004 8:36 PM bart

Windows XP SP 2 is on its way

Recently the Windows XP SP2 beta testing program has started. Windows XP SP2 will be more than just "another collection of patches", let me explain:

  • New hardware support: Windows XP SP2 will support Bluetooth 1.1 and add new support for WLANs (hotspots)
  • SP2 will take security to a much higher level by default
    • The Internet Connection Firewall has been replaced with a better firewall called "Windows Firewall"
    • The Messenger Windows service will be disabled by default (remember "net send" :-))
    • Blaster or similar worm viruses won't have any chances anymore since the RPC service (Remote Procedure Call) will run with reduced privileges on the system (as well as DCOM)
  • Patching management will become easier with the SUS Client 2.0 (Software Update Services) which is a great benefit in terms of managability of networks of all sizes
  • Internet security: Outlook Express will be more secure and reduce the risk for damage on your pc due to unsafe attachments etc

The beta is available for invitees on the Windows Beta site and is currently available for MSDN Subscribers (since mid-December).

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