I know that many of you are anxiously awaiting the release of XP SP3, but it’s almost as if Microsoft has kept it out of the public’s hands to put all eyes on Vista SP1. After a mirage of release dates it looks like we may have some more that bare consistency with what we’ve heard thus far. Neowin managed to get their hands on the internal schedule for Windows XP SP3, and it goes something like this:

  • 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

The key dates that you’ll want to remember are April 21st and April 29th. It won’t officially be available to the public until April 29th, but if MSDN and TechNet subscribers get it on April 21st you can bet the bank that it will be “leaked” all over the Internet the same day. These dates all match the “late April” release date that we previously heard for XP SP3.

And as expected it will be about a month and a half after the release for it to be pushed out via Windows Update.