Weighing profits against peril
Since the release of Windows XP, there have been dozens of patches released, including a major Service Pack. Some of these were functional - interoperability, drivers, etc. -- but many of them were security related. The software giant is now preparing SP2: a whopping 80Mb upgrade which will likewise contain significant security enhancements, and will be available for downloading in July.
There have been conflicting reports from Redmond about whether or not Microsoft will support unlicensed versions of Windows XP in upgrading to SP2, or whether pirates will be left out in the cold. It appears that Microsoft initially announced that it would offer the software upgrade to people who used the product irrespective of the status of their license. About a week later, Microsoft apparently reversed course and announced that it would not support unlicensed copies.
By Mark Rasch at SecurityFocus.
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