According to the folks at CNet.com the oft-delayed Service Pack 2 for Windows XP has finally gotten the green light from Microsoft so they’ve written up a review of it. The decision was made on Saturday with plans to have it available for download sometime today from Microsoft’s Download Center. Expect Windows Update to carry SP2 a little later in the month and the first boxed units of Windows XP with SP2 already integrated to hit store shelves within a few weeks.
For awhile it was also possible to order SP2 on CD free of charge, but the site with that info has been changed recently to discuss how to turn on automatic updates instead. Word has it that they’ll offer a CD install of SP2 again in a few weeks for those of you out there without broadband. I managed to get a CD ordered before they changed the site so that I can use it to update folks who don’t have broadband that ask me to do work on their PCs. Should you rush out and install it ASAP? Considering how swamped the servers are likely to be for awhile there’s probably no great harm in waiting for a bit, but it is the sort of update that you’re going to want to apply at some point in the not too distant future.