Microsoft is considering updating Windows XP before it releases Longhorn, the code name for a major overhaul of the industry’s dominant operating system that is not expected for about two years. Issuing an update to XP would represent a significant shift for the software maker, which for months has insisted that it had no plans to create a separate version of Windows before Longhorn. Microsoft is now discussing a product internally referred to as “Windows XP Reloaded.” Any further release would follow Windows XP Service Pack 2, a security-oriented upgrade that is slated to arrive before midyear. The features that would be included in an update are still under discussion. The possible release of XP Reloaded does not indicate a delay for Longhorn. It is too soon to say if any development resources will be needed for XP Reloaded beyond the current teams working on Windows XP maintenance. The move comes as Microsoft is looking for ways to ensure that existing Windows XP users upgrade to the more secure Service Pack 2 code base.


Microsoft is considering updating Windows XP before it releases Longhorn, the code name for a major overhaul of the industry’s dominant operating system that is not expected for about two years. Issuing an update to XP would represent a significant shift for the software maker, which for months has insisted that it had no plans to create a separate version of Windows before Longhorn. Microsoft is now discussing a product internally referred to as “Windows XP Reloaded.” Any further release would follow Windows XP Service Pack 2, a security-oriented upgrade that is slated to arrive before midyear. The features that would be included in an update are still under discussion. The possible release of XP Reloaded does not indicate a delay for Longhorn. It is too soon to say if any development resources will be needed for XP Reloaded beyond the current teams working on Windows XP maintenance. The move comes as Microsoft is looking for ways to ensure that existing Windows XP users upgrade to the more secure Service Pack 2 code base.