Windows XP SP3 offers significant speed increase

Chatting with a developer pal last night, I was intrigued to hear that Windows XP Service Pack 3 - which is being released to the great unwashed (that's me and you folks -Ed) early next year - will give punters a significant speed boost on their PCs.

With Vista SP1 also being skedded for release in the same timeframe, but with no reported speed advantages, there's a serious risk that company IT managers may not upgrade to Vista.

And who can blame them?

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Microsoft isn't being entirely stupid over its release of XP SP3, as it may delay the release of the upgrade until the second quarter, leaving Vista users to happily upgrade in the first quarter of the New Year.

According to Devil Mountain Software, which slammed Windows Vista SP1 earlier this month, Windows XP SP3 is well worth waiting for, since it offers a ten per cent speed increase on a typical machines.

Mind you, it looks like SP3 will be the last significant upgrade to Windows XP, so Microsoft isn't as silly as it seems when it comes to handling its own upgrades...