Microsoft has confirmed that the leaked Windows XP Service Pack 3 Build 5503 that made the news a few days ago is an official release. As some of you may have noticed, there was some speculation regarding the validity of the unusual Build 5503 of XP SP3 started to pop out on torrent trackers and on warez websites, as the Redmond company had been mute on the development of XP SP3 following the delivery of Release Candidate 2 build 3311.
Mary Jo Foley had received the following update from Microsoft:
The XP SP3 5503 build was a minor interim build released to address one specific issue for a subset of private beta testers. This build was not intended for public release and anyone who has that build and is not part of the private beta is working with bits that Microsoft can’t verify the integrity…. The final version of XP SP3 is still on target to be released the first half of calendar year 2008.
But at the same time, although XP SP3 5503 is an official release from Microsoft, I advise you not to touch the downloads on torrent trackers or other sources. As soon as it has left Redmond and ended up being made available for download, despite the fact that it was a private release, there's really no telling what XP SP3 5503 brings to the table. The best thing that you can do is wait for official releases of XP SP3. And from the signals that I'm getting it will not be a long wait.
"This build was not intended for public release and anyone who has that build and is not part of the private beta is working with bits that Microsoft can't verify the integrity-it's possible the bits may have been modified with malware or other bad code that Microsoft hasn't tested. That's why we advise customers to check the Microsoft's download centers for product updates, to ensure they're getting valid code for their systems. The final version of XP SP3 is still on target to be released the first half of calendar year 2008," the Microsoft spokesperson.
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