Windows XP SP3 released on 29th April?

Written by Tim Smalley

April 15, 2008 // 3:01 p.m.

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According to reports that have popped up on the web, Microsoft is preparing to release Windows XP Service Pack 3 to the public before the turn of the month.

Support was reportedly available for the release version of SP3 from yesterday, with Microsoft planning to roll out the Service Pack to OEM, Volume License, Connect, MSDN and Technet customers on 21st April.

The report says that the update will then be deployed to Microsoft Update, Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center on the 29th April and then on 10th June, it will be made available via Automatic Updates.

There has been talk of the third Service Pack for Windows XP, Microsoft's most successful operating system to date, ever since the software giant announced that SP3 had been delayed until sometime in 2008 back in October 2006.

Reports then emerged late last year to say that Microsoft would give its Windows XP customers a performance boost with the new Service Pack, which will further increase the gap in performance between XP and Vista – Microsoft's latest operating system.

Vista hasn't been received well by customers, even despite Microsoft boasting impressive sales figures, and as recently as yesterday a study from research firm Gartner suggested that the Windows ecosystem might collapse under its own weight if drastic changes aren't made.

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