Microsoft Refines Windows XP

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a second application compatibility update for Windows XP, and announced upcoming support for USB 2.0. The 1.5MB compatibility package, currently available for download via Windows Update, increases support for over 40 older software applications. Notable inclusions on the list are Easy CD Creator 4.02, Norton AntiVirus 2001, Corel Draw, and RealPlayer 7.0. The software giant is also finalizing support for USB 2.0, and expects to provide an update by early 2002.



USB 2.0 increases the available bandwidth for high-speed devices from 12Mbps to 480Mbps, making the technology ideal for video cameras and storage devices.

Microsoft released beta USB 2.0 drivers for Windows XP last July, but opted to leave support out of the new operating system due to a lack of devices available at the time. USB 2.0 support will be additionally provided for Windows 2000 users in a driver package; however there are no plans to include the technology in Service Pack 3. Microsoft will not support USB 2.0 devices under Windows 9x or NT.

Updates to provide Bluetooth support in Windows XP are slated for mid-year 2002, enabling the OS to communicate with numerous hand-held devices.

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