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    The snippets below it comes from today's WinInfo newsletter which is written by Paul Thurrott.

    Windows XP SP2: Late Summer?

    Microsoft sources are now placing the Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) release in "late summer," which will likely be significantly later than the July time frame that Microsoft was tossing around yesterday. The new date is also about a year later than XP SP2's initial estimated ship date and about 6 months later than Microsoft arguably should have released SP2, given all the much-needed security improvements it will contain. No one has said so, but I think that the May Release Candidate 2 (RC2) date is also definitely off, although I suppose Microsoft could add an RC3, if necessary. In short: XP SP2 is the most important Windows client update Microsoft will ever release. But you still can't get it. And now the situation is just getting silly.

    Microsoft's April Super Patch Has Problems

    This is what happens when you patch a gajillion problems at once. Microsoft, if you want to see how your credibility goes down the drain when you screw up, pay attention now. WinInfo Daily UPDATE readers might recall that in early April Microsoft released a massive security patch that addressed 20 security vulnerabilities in various Windows versions. The release caused a bit of controversy because it clearly showed that Microsoft had been sitting on some of those fixes for several months, leading security researchers to wonder why the company hadn't released separate patches earlier. Now we have another reason to wonder: The massive security patch is now causing problems with some Windows 2000 systems, and they're the lovely kind of problems that prevent you from logging on to the system, booting the system, or actually using the system because the CPU meter is pegged at 100 percent. But at least you're secure, right?

    Virulent Windows Exploit Code

    And speaking of Windows security fun, hackers have turned recently released exploit code for two of the security flaws Microsoft detailed in the April security patch into real-world worms--virulent computer code that can spread across the Internet and look for infected systems. So here's an interesting little catch-22 for you Win2K users: Which would you prefer--a nonbooting, nonworking system or a worm-laden disaster? Pick your poison, thanks to the world's largest software company, which, by the way, can't ship XP SP2 any time soon. We love Microsoft to death, don't we?