Security for all
According to a Computer Times article posted on May 5, 2004, both legitimate and unlicensed users of Microsoft's XP operating system software will be able to download the Service Pack 2 security patch for free
Microsoft's increasing concern over information security has translated into its decision to bite the bullet and make its upcoming SP2 (Service Pack 2) security patch available to all users - including those using pirated copies of its Windows XP software.
"We haven't explicitly done anything to SP2 to exclude it from pirated copies," said Microsoft group product manager Barry Goffe. The United States-based executive was interviewed via telephone.