The folks over at Neowin.net have got their hands on the internal schedule for the release of SP3 for the venerable Windows XP operating system. If you have been looking forward to it, do take a minute to check out the milestones.
The Windows XP SP3 release schedule as follows:
- April 14, 2008: Support is available for the release version of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP
- April 21, 2008: Original Equipment Manufacturers, Volume License, Connect, and MSDN and TechNet subscribers
- April 29, 2008: Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Download Center
- June 10, 2008: Automatic Updates
To conclude, automatic patches will not come until June 10th. So, if you are a system administrator, you can rest assured that you do have ample time to fully test the release and prepare for unanticipated issues. You can also find additional details on Windows XP SP3 from Tech ARP.
While we're at it, why not take the above poll and tell us about the number of systems in your company that are still running Windows XP. What is stopping you from upgrading from Windows XP?
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.