I wouldnt believe to much what the register writes
They are basically the same as Paul thurrot , they make up things , to get the hits. But people believe it so it must work .. hehhehehee
A typical Thurrot announcemnet : "a Micorsoft Senior developer who is my buddy, told me there will be an XP SE SE, which will incorporate Virual Reality, so you can smell things and touch things through the NEW internet using quantum physics so you wont need an ISP or modem in 6 months"
That guy is so full of it, but people believe him
Notice they never have/post an actual name or source from MS ... lol
I don't think that Microsoft would release and Up-date like SE based on the .NET client, the common language runtime (CLR), Internet Explorer 7.0 and DirectX 9.0 as these should all be avaliable for download and don't require a full install.
I'm sure that they will release NT 5.2 but I don't think that XP SE is it - it's pure quess work.