The following is an excerpt from the March 24, 2008, issue of Sunbelt Software’s WServerNews:
“Since Vista SP1 was released this week and found wanting, the pending release of XP SP3 is getting more attention and importance than you’d expect for an officially obsolete OS. Well I still run XP in the office and at the house and it runs just fine for me, thank you very much. I’m looking forward to the new SP3 and the 10% performance gain we’re going to get out of it. The verdict is the new SP3 is a must-have update for XP ‘life-extenders’.”
Here is information on the release of SP3 for WinXP from The Hotfix.net:
We now have updated news and more details of the long-awaited Service Pack 3 for Windows XP. Microsoft has also made some changes to when and how Windows XP Service Pack 3 will be released. Here are the details…
- Windows XP Service Pack 3 will contain hotfixes and updates released since Windows XP SP2. It will also include an expanded set of product keys for Windows XP Professional that were originally introduced in Windows XP SP2c.
- Microsoft clarified that there will not be any integrated SP3 release for Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows XP Tablet Edition. That means you won’t be able to buy or obtain a complete Windows XP Media Center Edition / Tablet Edition SP3 CD. In addition, users of Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows XP Tablet Edition will only be able to update to Service Pack 3 through Windows Update.
- All languages will now be released in two waves. Earlier, Microsoft said that languages support for Windows XP Service Pack 3 will be released in three waves. What was previously identified as wave 2 and 3 have now been combined into a single wave 2.
- Microsoft has also delayed RTM for Windows XP Service Pack 3 to provide sufficient time to incorporate feedback from the beta testers. (In other words, they can’t make their original deadline!)
Due to the changes in language releases and Windows XP SP3 RTM’s release, here’s the updated schedule of RTM
Wave1 Will be released Second half of April 2008
(Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish)
Wave2 Approximately 21 days after Wave 1 RTM (which will have remaining languages)