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Microsoft: W2K SP1 Coming in Early July

Release of the first service pack for Windows 2000, expected to trigger accelerated deployment of the new operating system, is on track for early next month, a Microsoft Corp. official said.

 “We should expect it in fairly early July,” said John Frederiksen, general manager of the PC Experience Group at Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

SP1 has been in beta testing for 45 days, and a recent release candidate has gotten  good feedback, he said.

According to Frederiksen, Service Pack 1 makes no major fixes.

“We really have not found any significant bugs in the product,” Frederiksen says. “Most of the things are very specific.”

SP1 is supposed to include approximately 300 bug fixes.

Many industry analyst firms, including GartnerGroup (www.gartner.com), have recommended that customers wait at least for SP1 before migrating to Windows 2000.

Windows 2000 service packs will be slipstreamed, meaning users loading the operating system can install one combined piece of code that includes both OS and service pack. Previously, users loading the operating system for the first time had to load the OS, then install the latest service pack. Scott Bekker

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