Microsoft on the matter that Windows XP SP3 had been already released to manufacturing as well as the March 31 General Availability Date. According to the Redmond company this is not the case. The delivery date for Windows XP SP3 was not March 31, 2008, and the service pack has not been released to manufacturing as of yet.
"The March 31st date you saw for Windows XP SP3 RTM on Microsoft.com is incorrect. The final version of Windows XP SP3 is still on target to be released the first half of calendar year 2008," a Microsoft spokesperson revealed in an email to Softpedia.
At this point in time, the Microsoft Support Lifecycle webpage with the incorrect March 31, 2008 general availability date for Windows XP SP3 is still up. Obviously, Microsoft is playing the typo approach as it has done in the past to explain bits of information that simply do not fit into the general picture. But it also is just as obvious that XP users can only get their hands on XP SP3 Release Candidate 2 refresh build 5508 complemented by the re-released Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview documentation. My best guess is that Microsoft did advance with the evolution of XP SP3 on March 31, but the company is mute on the matter. And the reality is that there is no Windows XP SP3 RTM. At least not yet.
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