Microsoft has had to create a new build of Windows XP Professional for computer makers because the six-year-old operating system's continued popularity has nearly exhausted the supply of product activation keys.
The new build, dubbed SP2c, includes no fixes or feature changes, but was created simply to address the shrinking pool of product keys. XP Pro SP2c, which has been released to manufacturing, will be made available to OEMs and system builders next month, said Microsoft.
Xp is still selling strong, at numbers far above Microsoft's projections and desires.
Theoretically XP is still scheduled to begin phase out at the end of January 2008, but with a new release going out in September you have to expect that to be extended at least some.