Bit of unabashed rumour spreading here, but with Vista being such a dog I've still got some fondness for XP...
Word is Windows XP Service Pack 3 is shaping up to be a lot more interesting than Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
Unlike Microsoft's latest and not-yet-greatest OS which will see a myriad of bug fixes and security holes patched with little visible benefit to the end user, Florida computer reseller Devil Mountain Systems is claiming SP3 will be a "must-have update" with up to a 10 per cent performance boost over SP2.
"Since SP3 was supposed to be mostly a bug-fix/patch consolidation release - unlike w/Vista SP1, Microsoft made no promises of improved performance for XP - the unexpected speed boost comes as a nice bonus," said the company on its blog.
"Of course, none of this bodes well for Vista which is now more than 2x slower than the most current builds of its older sibling," it added. "Suffice to say that performance-minded users will likely choose to stick with the now even speedier Windows XP - at least until more "Windows 7" information becomes publicly available."
Now while I again stress caution/wait for Release Candidate builds, etc - DMS does have hands-on experience with SP3 and it is sounding a mighty good offering.
Is Microsoft actually stitching up Vista by making XP ever more appealing? Maybe, but then again it should have just built a better replacement OS in the first place...