The interminable delay is finally over – SP2 has finally arrived. It’s being first rolled out as a network install, and then it’ll be gradually rolled out to the rest of the world as well, via Automatic Updates. Eventually, it’ll be available as a standalone download.
But just because the update is available, should you install it? I’ve been beta testing the software for months now, and here’s my recommendation - wait and do it in a month.
The update itself is a worthy one. There’s a very nice popup blocker, a more useful front-end to wireless networking, better downloading security, and a lot of extra security under the hood.
The much-ballyhooed update of the Windows Firewall isn’t particularly worthwhile. It’s really just a prettier face on a still not-particularly useful firewall. Almost any other personal firewall, like ZoneAlarm, is far superior. It’s now turned on by default, though, which is good for individual users, but could be problematic for IT folks.
All in all, it’s certainly worth the download. So why wait? It’s this simple: Microsoft rarely gets anything right out of the gate. Expect installation woes and bug fixes. For example, even Microsoft’s own CRM package is broken by SP2. So how do you think it’ll get along with other applications?
So wait a month and let others be the guinea pigs. By that time, most of the problems should be fixed. It should be smooth sailing from there - or at least as smooth as Windows ever gets.
Have you used SP2 or do you plan to? Why or why not? Let me know.