Windows XP SP3 beta in the wild
[i]- New Windows Product Activation model: no need to enter product key during setup. Thank God for that!
– Network Access Protection modules and policies have been brought to XP after being one of the more-well-received features in Windows Vista. You can read more about NAP here.
– New Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module – the Windows XP SP3 kernel now includes an entire module that provides easy access to multiple cryptographic algorithms and is available for use in kernel-mode drivers and services.
– New ?Black Hole Router? detection – Windows XP SP3 can detect and protect against rogue routers that are discarding data.[/i]
SP3 is set for release in the first half of next year.