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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Weighing Profits against Peril

SecurityFocus columnist Mark Rasch has a thought provoking column on Microsoft's long awaited XP service pack 2. Should Microsoft make SP2 available to unlicensed (read: stolen) installations of Windows XP, especially when SP2 has feature enhancements and important security fixes?

Mark, unfortunately, concludes with the statement that in the future Microsoft should consider releasing multiple versions of their service packs - one with just security enhancements and one, for licensed users only, with both security fixes and other improvements. This is all that Microsoft needs, another OS version to support.

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