Windows XP SP3 rumors to have Vista Features

The soon to be released in 2008 Windows XP SP3 is rumored to have Vista Features. According to NeoSmart Technologies, Windows XP SP3 build 3205, which was released to beta testers on last week, includes four new features among the many hot fixes and patches that have been issued since XP SP2.

Features allegedly said include:
- Network Access Protection (NAP), an enterprise policy enforcement technology that inspects client PCs before they access a corporate network, then updates the machines if necessary or blocks them if they don't meet specified security criteria.

- Kernel module updates containing several encryption algorithms that can be accessed by third-party developers for the in kernel-mode drivers and services.

- A new Windows activation model that doesn't require users to enter a product key.

- New “Black Hole Router” detection - Windows XP SP3 can detect and protect against rogue routers that are discarding data.