Windows XP SP2 delayed again.

Microsoft had planned to finish up and release Service Pack 2 for Windows XP this week after having to delay it a number of times, but it looks like they’re going to delay it yet again to work out some remaining compatibility issues.

Among the challenges Microsoft faces is maintaining compatibility with existing software while boosting the reliability of the core operating system.

Earlier this week, Microsoft issued a warning that the newest version of its software for managing customer relations will not work with SP2. Customers using Microsoft Business Solutions CRM Sales for Outlook 1.2 will encounter problems with the software if they install the SP2, the company said.

Microsoft has posted a patch to its Web site that it says will fix the problem.

MS says they still think they’ll be able to get it out this month though they didn’t specify a target date which is probably wise at this point. Of course if they keep delaying it like this it’ll eventually get to a point where they may as well just release Windows Longhorn instead. Assuming, of course, that it doesn’t get pushed back any more as well.

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