Windows Update 5.0 is set to enter into testing before the end of this year and extends patching capabilities to the full monty of Microsoft products including Office, SQL Server, Exchange, as well as Windows.
The update will be completed in time to coincide with the launch of Windows XP Service Pack 2, arguably the first major revision to Microsoft’s flagship desktop operating system. Beta testers on the Windows Update roster were notified this week that they will test the new service pack.
Service Pack 2 is slated to modify numerous security settings in Windows XP, such as enabling Internet Connection Firewall by default and disabling the Messenger service that has plagued users with unwanted spam. The automatic download of critical patches will be enabled to ensure users systems’ are protected from the latest malicious code to spawn from the depths of the Internet.