The first major service pack for Microsoft's Windows XP operating system will be released in the second half of this year, according to reports in the US.
A Microsoft spokesman confirmed to WinInfo that Service Pack 1 will include all of the security patches and software updates for XP.
It will also have a unique set of updates that will include any changes to the operating system imposed on Microsoft under the terms of its antitrust settlement with the US government.
Under the terms of the current proposed settlement Microsoft is required to disclose some application programme interfaces (APIs) within a year of the deal being approved or in the first XP service pack, whichever comes first.
Windows XP Service Pack 1 will also deliver support for technologies that allow PC makers to extend computers beyond traditional desktops and laptops.
It will introduce support for Mira smart display devices, the tablet PC and the multimedia-oriented Freestyle graphical interface.
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