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[News] Windows XP SP1 Support Ends Ahead of XP SP3 (Commonly Known as "Vista") Release

Time's About Up For Windows XP Service Pack 1

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| That's because Microsoft will end support for Service Pack 1 on Oct. 10,
| a deadline that has long been looming. The current patch roll-up for
| Windows XP is Service Pack 2, a bundle of updates and security
| enhancements that Microsoft released in Sept. 2004.


Also see (to justify the subject line):

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| The news got even worse: Longhorn was irredeemable because
| Microsoft engineers were building it just as they had always built
| software. Throughout its history, Microsoft had let thousands of
| programmers each produce their own piece of computer code, then stitched
| it together into one sprawling program. Now, Mr. Allchin argued, the
| jig was up. Microsoft needed to start over. 


That was in late 2005, so there was a codebase dropback (reverting back to
older rubbish).

Ballmer Analyzes Microsoft's 'One Big' Vista Mistake

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| The company took a Big Bang approach and tried to overhaul all of its 
| operating system's core components simultaneously, an approach that 
| eventually led to a fiery development crash.


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| "Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista
| operating system is set to be rewritten as the Company 'scrambles' to fix
| internal problems a Microsoft insider has confirmed to SHN... Microsoft has
| also admitted that it has major problems in it's Windows division and has
| has immediately initiated a total restructure of the division..."


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