Microsoft will now not release the next service pack for Windows XP until next year.
The next service pack for XP had previously been expected some time this year, but Microsoft has now confirmed that XP users will have to wait until the second half of next year instead.
Microsoft is instead planning to focus on the launch of Windows Vista, which will appear some time in the second half of this year.
XP service pack 2 was an extensive update, which took up a large chunk of Microsoft’s resources to publicise, manage and address user problems following its release.
It is unclear which new features service pack 3 will include. Service pack 2, issued in August 2004, added additional security features and better handling of Wi-Fi connections, among other functionality benefits.
A large number of XP users have still not installed it, however, because many have to disable existing security features supplied from third parties to allow a straightforward installation.