Feeds

Microsoft hopes third time is lucky with XP SP3 update

Sets server release dates despite MIA SQL server

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Microsoft yesterday got out its big red felt pen and marked a few release dates on the calendar.

Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 will both land in November this year. Meanwhile, Windows XP service pack three (SP3) will finally be pushed out “shortly”.

The software giant has been forced to delay the automatic web release of XP SP3 twice, so presumably it will be hoping the third time's the charm with the service pack’s auto-release.

Microsoft senior technical account manager Nick MacKechnie offered up some classic (i.e. vague) Redmond speak on his blog yesterday: “Microsoft is committed to providing quality products to customers. As part of this commitment, we would like to remind you that Windows XP service pack three will be released to Automatic Updates shortly,” he said.

The company originally released XP SP3 as an automatic download in late April. However, it was pulled at the eleventh hour with Microsoft blaming a “compatibility issue” with Dynamics RMS for the embarrassing blunder.

Microsoft admitted it had no choice but to suspend the mass distribution via its Windows Update site for XP SP3 and Vista SP1 while it attempted to fix the glitch in its specialist point-of-sale (PoS) app – Dynamics RMS – which is used to manage about 38,000 different small to medium-sized retail businesses worldwide.

A week later, the service pack leapt into the tubes only for Vista-shy customers to discover yet another major snafu that once again forced Microsoft to halt distribution.

It said that the endless reboot cock-up experienced by so many frustrated customers related, in part, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Hewlett-Packard and Dell, loading the wrong "Sysprepped" XP image on to machines with non-Intel chipsets.

The firm also admitted that the XP SP3 problem was not a new issue. In fact, Microsoft first identified the glitch when Windows XP SP2 was released some four years ago.

Microsoft's XP announcement came just a week after the company stopped retail sales of the operating system and barred computer vendors from installing it on most new PCs.

Meanwhile, the firm was yesterday bold enough to give an exact date for the launch of its new server products – on 12 November Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 will be released.

So, small biz companies that are increasingly struggling amidst talk of global recession, will be able to get their mitts on the products just before Christmas. We at El Reg doubt that many will view that as Santa climbing down the chimney early, however.

Microsoft already published product pricing in May, but a release to manufacturing won't happen until late August to early September. The firm has blamed SQL Server 2008's delay – it should have launched in late February – for the sluggish delivery of its brace of server products.

The firm remains quiet on when customers can expect to see SQL Server 2008. Presumably it will arrive before 12 November otherwise users people will once again be able to purchase another incomplete product from Microsoft. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really
Windows NEIN skipped, tech preview due out on Wednesday
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'
Plus: 'Pretty sure iOS 8.0.2 will just turn the iPhone into a fax machine'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.