I installed the Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) beta in a Windows XP Professional virtual machine environment to see what's new in this interesting release. As a preview, here's a look at some of the new features, most of which are centered around what Microsoft calls "safety technologies." I'll be taking a more in-depth look at this release when a more complete beta version is available. Windows XP SP2 is due by mid-2004, according to Microsoft.

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Excellent rundown of the new features that are apparent with the new SP2 from MS for Windows XP.