Windows XP SP2 delayed to 3rd quarter 2004; may contain ‘Microsoft PC Satisfaction Package’

“Customers tired of downloading the 30 or more post-Service Pack 1 patches for Windows XP have eagerly awaited the release of Service Pack 2, which would integrate all these patches into one file. It appears, though, that they’ll be waiting a good bit longer than they anticipated. Microsoft has pushed back the release of Windows XP SP2 to the third quarter of 2004, nearly a year later than expected,” writes J. Eric Smith for Geek.com.

Smith writes, “The wait might just be worth it. Speculation abounds as to why Microsoft has delayed this release so long. The leading predictions are that Microsoft intends to bundle a variety of new functions, not just fixes, into the next Service Pack. Among these new functions are a revamped and more effective built-in firewall as well as fully integrated virus protection software. Microsoft already has such an initiative in beta, dubbed the ‘Microsoft PC Satisfaction Package.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Microsoft PC Satisfaction Package?” Talk about a misnomer! Why start shooting for “satisfaction” now, Bill? If you’re as successful with this as you were with “Microsoft Trustworthy Computing,” you’ll have a real winner on your hands as usual. Folks, if you want real satisfaction with your PC, try here instead.

(Updated to fix headline typo – 9:56am ET – thanks Atomic Bomb)

26 Comments

  1. LOL: still have to find a satisfied Windows user. After digging a bit and making them feeling comfortable they all start complaining.
    They are full of horror stories we Mac users could not even imagine.

  2. If I remember correctly, Microsoft paid $8M for the rights to use the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up” for their advertising a few years back; do you think they’ll now license the Stones’ “(I can’t get no) Satisfaction”?

  3. Both OS systems have problems. My XP machines crash less than my Apple X machine; hard to hear I’m sure, but true. Configuring the XP machines on my wireless network was simpler than configuring the Apple (not from familiarty, I’d never done either before–the PCs basically set themselves up, I had to hunt through various folders etc. on the Mac to find the settings, PIA). Yes, you have to download patches for XP, but I don’t have to run two OS on my PC (anybody else still running 9 and X??), in total they both have issues. I am a satisfied XP user, and a satisfied OSX user–they’re just different beasts with different problems. PC-bashing is a sign of fear, just like racisim–Apple users need to get over their fear of the big bad MS and be happy that Apple makes some great products that work well, bashing the “opposition” just makes Apple users look weak and whiny. Pre-XP or NT Apple had the best OS by far; now it’s like Fords and Chevrolets, use what works for you and be happy about it!

  4. Paranoia runs deep wrote:

    “My XP machines crash less than my Apple X machine; hard to hear I’m sure, but true. “

    Yes, really hard to hear. You’ve had more OSX kernel panics than sytem crashes on XP? I will believe you, but still: absolutely amazing. You must be the only one…

    “Configuring the XP machines on my wireless network was simpler than configuring the Apple (not from familiarty, I’d never done either before–the PCs basically set themselves up, I had to hunt through various folders etc. on the Mac to find the settings, PIA).”

    Are you sure you did this (at least on an Apple)? I’ve set up network (wired in my case) with my G4 as well as with my IBM Thinkpad running XP. With XP a lot more browsing through varoius menus was necessary than with MacOSX, although both resulted succesfully.
    Also, with MacOSX you can’t hunt through folder for settings like this, because system preferences can only be accessed through the system preferences menu, where they are all nealty together. This makes me doubt your story a bit….

    However, I fully agree with your final note “use what works for you and be happy about it!”. I chose macOS X. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Wow i don’t even have to setup my TiBook for Wireless. I think i just enabled airport and told it to autoselect networks. and that is that.
    Oh yeah and i have crashed twice since i got in december. Both times while trying to network with a ThinkPad.
    I finally successed, but his XP run machine couldn’t find me, ever. And setting it up to allow me to find him was the usual pain the rear

  6. Paranoia, your experience is really hard to understand. We’ve been running several OS X machines in our office over the past year or so, and I don’t believe they have ever crashed. However, our 5 windows machines are quite fickle, indeed!

  7. “Paranioa runs deep” is a freaking moron. If your OS X box crashes more than an XP box you are doing something with it that you shouldn’t. If you’ve installed every “haxie” available what do you expect? And how can it be simpler than not having to do anything to setup your wireless access? I have never had to do anything to get airport working out of the box, with the exception of typing in the password if it’s using WEP.

  8. Ton wrote, “Are you sure you did this (at least on an Apple)? I’ve set up network (wired in my case) with my G4 as well as with my IBM Thinkpad running XP. With XP a lot more browsing through varoius menus was necessary than with MacOSX, although both resulted succesfully.
    Also, with MacOSX you can’t hunt through folder for settings like this, because system preferences can only be accessed through the system preferences menu, where they are all nealty together. This makes me doubt your story a bit….”

    I have a Linksys router/wireless/ethernet hub. With XP on my notebook I slapped in the card, the “new hardware detected” wizard came up, follow the steps, boom. With the Imac I opened up the base with a screwdriver, put the card in (no big deal for me, but this is primarily my girlfriend’s machine, she wasn’t having any of that!), nothing happened. OK, system prefs, etc, it took a while as I remember (this was a few months back) to find the right buttons to open up the right settings to make the rig work (“Folders” was probably a bad word choice, “settings” would have been more accurate). No big deal, but definitely not as simple as with XP. There were more options and the whole process required more time and thought. Not a major hassle, just not as simple as with XP. I’ve also used USB wireless on some of the other XP machines in my house, also easy. I tried the USB wireless first on the Mac (would have been nice if that worked and I didn’t have to buy the much more expensive internal card), no go, I don’t think the external USB rig worked with Macs (it has worked on lots of PC notebooks house guests arrive with, same setup wizard, no issue). No drivers availible for it to work with Macs…
    I’m sorry I can’t be more definitive about the exact steps required, but you can be sure I did actually do this and found it simpler on XP.

    Crashes: Last night my girlfriend tried to duplicate a photo in Iphoto, Mac version of blue screen of death. My XP machines haven’t crashed in a very long while (last time was after installing new memory, screwdriver also required, no big deal). I have owned many Mac books (from the 100 to the Ti) over the years and many PC books, overall I’d say they were about the same for stability, just different issues.
    Thanks for the reasoned response, back to work and waiting for the new Al 15 books, aaargh!!!

  9. “Paranioa runs deep” is a freaking moron. If your OS X box crashes more than an XP box you are doing something with it that you shouldn’t.”–Chuck U

    Ah, no, I’m not generally regarded as a moron; if you read my post, the Imac primarily my girlfriend’s machine, she’s not doing anything radical, it’s fully “stock.” It doesn’t crash a lot, but it does crash.

    Earlier Windows OS were as unstable as earlier Mac OS; if you are comparing Windows 95/98/ME or something to OSX, then absolutely the Windows machines will crash more! Compare XP to OSX, they are about as stable–I think most people who actually work on both platforms would agree. It amazes me how stable both systems are today! Crashes are not an “integral” fact of life now, pretty nice.

  10. Not really a fair comparison since you were putting the wireless card in a desktop mac versus a laptop pc.. try putting that wireless card in a dell or hp desktop and then see if that experience is painless…

  11. “Not really a fair comparison since you were putting the wireless card in a desktop mac versus a laptop pc.. try putting that wireless card in a dell or hp desktop and then see if that experience is painless…”–Dave Mac

    Done that too–same experience. XP Wizard, done. No big deal either way. My somewhat computer-challenged mom even managed it OK (I did have to explain the difference between a phillips and a flathead on the phone to her, but the actual setup was easy enough for her to do on her own.).

    Computers are a hassle no matter what OS they run; pick your OS, pick your hassles. Braying about the superiority of one system by attacking the faults of the other system is weak. Again, it’s like cars: drive a ford, drive a subaru, check the bank balance, change the oil regularly after purchase…

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