The upcoming release of Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will give the channel new ways to expand existing business by offering customers improved software security services and tools, according to the vendor.
Forecast as a major upgrade to Windows XP, SP2 will include a raft of new features pertaining to network protection, memory protection, email security, and browsing security.
SP2 is expected to be released in July.
Microsoft Australia senior product manager for Windows, Danny Beck, said channel partners could bundle these security enhancements into a value-added service for their customers.
For example, there was a large amount of software upgrading corporate customers needed to do in order to run with SP2, Beck said.
“Channel partners could provide security audits – or a best practice deployment of SP2,” he said. “They could bundle SP2, product management and security testing and onsell these to customers.”
Beck said partners could also extend these services to cover third party security products, such as antivirus software.