At last, a new service pack for Windows XP

It’s been a long time coming – almost 4 years – but Microsoft has just announced that Windows XP service pack 3 has been released to manufacturing.

In the announcement, Release Manager, Chris Keroack, said:

“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 […] 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.”

Microsoft released a white paper a few months back, detailing the improvements that Windows XP service pack 3 will bring – XP SP3 is basically a rollup of updates and some of the networking technologies from Windows Vista – for example NAP client support.

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