Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release schedule

The announcement of Windows XP SP3 Released to manufacturing was put on the TechNet Forum by Chris Keroack, Release Manager of XP SP3. The announcement goes like this:

Today we are happy to announce that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has released to manufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 bits are now working their way through our manufacturing channels to be available to OEM and Enterprise customers.

We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. Online documentation for Windows XP SP3, such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and the Microsoft TechNet Windows XP TechCenter, will be updated then. For customers who use Windows XP at home, Windows XP SP3 Automatic Update distribution for users at home will begin in early summer.

Thanks to everyone here who installed the public betas – you not only gave us detailed feedback but also helped each other out with timely troubleshooting. Through the beta program we found several important issues and were able to confirm some essential fixes. We couldn’t have done this without you.

We will still be monitoring this forum during the next few weeks in case you have more feedback about the release of Windows XP SP3.

On behalf of myself, Shashank Bansal and Windows Serviceability, many thanks.

Chris Keroack
Release Manager, Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows Serviceability

So one can get this on April 29th.

While BLAKE, had come across a post from Nick MacKechnie, Microsoft Senior Technical Account Manager in New Zealand which posted the complete XP SP3 Release schedules, but was later taken off.
Apr-21 = RTM (Release to Manufacturing)
Apr-21 = OEM Channel
Apr-29 = Windows Update
Apr-29 = Download Center
May-02 = MSDN/Technet Download
May-19 = Windows XP SP3 Fulfillment Media
Jun-01 = Volume Customers via Download
Jun-10 = Automatic Updates
Thanks Blake!

UPDATE :23rd Apr.
Windows XP SP3 available on MSDN and TechNet now. Check this post Windows XP SP3 now available on MSDN, TechNet

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