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Gates Gives RSA Attendees Peek At Windows XP Service Pack 2

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Bill Gates Tuesday offered a sneak peek at the features of the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2.

In his keynote address on the first full day of the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Gates outlined upcoming features to Windows XP SP2, including a Windows Security Center that centralizes and manages security settings.

"SP2 is a release that is totally focused on security," Gates said. "It is a major focus of the Windows team. We have prioritized our resources around security."

The Windows Security Center displays status and recommends guidelines with actions that need to be taken. All of the features are managed through Active Directory group policy, said Zach Gutt, a technical product manager who demonstrated the features ofWindows SP2.

Other features include central firewall management and a pop-up blocker in Internet Explorer.

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