The first public release of Windows XP SP3 was in late December 2007, with XP SP3 RC Refresh 1 and XP SP3 RC Refresh 2 having dropped in January 2008. Now, XP SP3 RC 2 is available only as a private testing milestone, as a Microsoft representative revealed to Mary Jo Foley, with no public release in sight.
Microsoft’s statement (sent to me via e-mail on February 8):
“Yesterday, we released Windows XP SP3 RC 2 to private beta testers. This release catches the build up on previously released hotfixes and responds to critical feedback from previous betas. We are targeting 1H 2008 for the release of XP SP3 RTM, though our timing will always be based on customer feedback as a first priority.”
Source:→ ZDNET Blog
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