Originally Posted by Sublimo
Last time I checked they released XP SP3 because Vista failed.
And if they want Vista to succeed as fast as possible then why did they start development for windows 7 so soon? It's expected to be released 2009 - 2010.
The thing is.
Their first XP runner up was going to be Windows: Blackbomb (Codename), they discontinued that and went for Vista.
Now after the Vista history we all know, they picked up Blackbomb again to develop that to the new Windows 7
On topic: I'll wait for an official announcement before I believe or disbelief anything
SP3 was planned long before they actually started removing XP from the market and replacing it with Vista.
SP3 is basically a pack that includes all the Customer Service hotfixes that weren't available on WU, you can call customer support to confirm that. You either had to call CS to complain about a issue or you had to find a hotfix for the related problem on Microsoft's site. Since the issues were standalone they didn't make the autoupdate cycle for XP. And since Microsoft was going to start cashing as much money as possible from Vista they decided to patch all the systems with a couple of new critical patches and while they included all the CS custom patches so they could fully concentrate on support for Vista.. And of course they added some Vista abilities as well.
SP3 was just that, a service pack. They didn't stop working on Vista because of it. That was the last service pack your going to ever see commercially. Meaning unless a critical security bug gets found like LSASS bug that allowed automatic exploitation, you won't see a fix or it, not critical enough.
They want Vista to succeed since it's the money ticket for them. You don't get it do you? It's all about the money. One of the Microsoft developers even stated that they went too far with the Vista Compatible stickers just so they could get a larger market share, even though the PC would have problems with performance.
Even if Vista doesn't make it, you'll still have the overpriced Windows 7 to make money for Microsoft. Then they'll stop magically supporting Vista and try to convert the whole populace to their new OS. Just like they did with Vista.