In regards to the availability of XP SP3 for MSDN/TechNet subscribers and the availability of the XP Embedded/WinFLP editions, Chris Keroack, release manager of XP SP3, mentioned the following:
- "MSDN/Technet - Not yet. This will be available within the next month."
- "XP Embedded and Windows Fundamentals will be available at a later date."
We personally find it a bit odd that paying subscribers will not have access to the build until after the public download on April 29.
Microsoft confirmed today that the final version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 has been released to PC manufacturers right on schedule. The update will be available to end users to download next Monday, April 29, and pushed to Windows Update in June.
Microsoft gave us an early look at the update as a 580MB disk image. What we saw is barely changed from our preview of an early beta of SP3, and seeing Windows XP SP3 for the first time is highly unremarkable.
Far from being a new operating system, Windows XP SP3 is really an accumulation of updates for compatibility, security, and performance. It doesn't contain new features found in Vista, aside from Network Access Protection (NAP), which lets XP systems work with Windows Server 2008's ability to enforce system health requirements before allowing access to network assets.
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