Microsoft is releasing a beta version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to the public while suggesting that consumers should really switch to its latest Vista operating system. The beta will be available on Microsoft’s website and a final version will be available next year.
In a statement the company said that Windows Vista provides the most advanced security and management capabilities of any Windows operating system.
However, it said that Windows XP SP3 will ensure that PCs running Windows XP as the operating systems will have the latest updates and will be compatible with the Network Access Protection functionality of Windows Server 2008.
Microsoft also said that Windows XP SP3 will not add significant Windows Vista functionality to Windows XP.
The release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 has been delayed several times while Microsoft focused on the release of the Vista operating system.