There has been a lot of buzz around Microsoft’s announcement that Vista SP1 has been sent to manufacturing, but it won’t actually be available to the public until March 2008. The reason for the delay is that there are some driver compatibility problems for some users, and Microsoft is trying to figure out the best way to isolate the people who will have troubles with the Service Pack.
All of this news has come while Windows XP SP3 has been brewing on a backburner, and Microsoft has been very reluctant to provide any status updates for XP SP3. That’s not surprising since they want to draw as much attention to Vista SP1 as possible, and that’s also a good reason that Vista SP1 will likely ship before XP SP3.
A French site called PCInpact (English translation) got their hands on the screenshot that you see above which indicates that Windows XP SP3 will launch on March 24th, 2008. I’m not sure how accurate that date will be considering that they also have a similar screenshot for Vista SP1 which indicates a February 18th release date, but Microsoft has already clearly said that it won’t be available until the middle of March.
At least we know that Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about XP SP3!
Thanks to Nicolas for the tip!