Wednesday, March 14, 2007 2:47 AM bart

Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional x64 SP2 RTW

The latest Service Pack for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Pro x64, SP2, is ready to be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sp2.mspx. There a lots of enhancements that also have impact on developers:

  • XmlLite is a library that allows developers to write XML-driven apps that perform faster than the current MSXML/DOM and MSXML/SAX2 implementations.
  • MMC 3.0 is the next generation of the Microsoft Management Console technology, enabling managed code snap-ins explained on my blog previously (MMC 3.0 - A managed code 'task manager' MMC 3.0 snap-in). It's possible to use Windows Forms to be hosted inside a snap-in; the snap-in model is richer than before; there's the new actions pane; asynchronous execution increases reliability and user experience; etc.
  • ICALCS will be your next big friend if you deal with ACLs at lot. It's already in Vista.
  • SQL Server 2005 SP2 performance improvements.

A more complete overview is available over here.

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