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Windows XP update to appease anti-trust settlement

Microsoft announced Friday that an upcoming service pack update to Windows XP will implement changes dictated by the proposed anti-trust settlement, according to Reuters. Windows XP Service Pack 1 will allow users to easily specify with which programs documents of a certain type are opened, allowing them to quickly set their default Web browser, email application, and more. Another option will allow users to hide the icons to other applications that perform the same function. Additionally, Microsoft will begin sharing Windows code with competitors in the coming months that will enable them to write programs that interact with Windows XP the same way Microsoft can. The service update will be released to beta testers next week and to the public in August. Microsoft has shipped more than 32 million copies of Windows XP since its release in October 2001.

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