One more small note: the XP SP3 Overview that Microsoft posted yesterday is also not for the final version as can be seen on the second page of the doc: “This is a preliminary document and may be changed substantially prior to final commercial release of the software described herein.”
Mary Jo Foley: Some sharp-eyed folks over at Neowin.net noticed Microsoft had posted to its Support Live Cycle Web site a release-to-manufacuturing date of March 31, 2008, for Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3.
Microsoft officials told me on April 2 the date was a typo and that XP SP3 still has not RTM’d.
(I am posting this as a number of readers have sent me pointers to Neowin and other sites reporting the published RTM date.)
Microsoft’s exact wording in response to my query about the March 31 RTM date on its site:
“The March 31st date you saw for Windows XP SP3 RTM on Microsoft.com is incorrect. This information was published due to a site publisher error, and Microsoft is currently working to update the site. The final version of Windows XP SP3 is still on target to be released the first half of calendar year 2008.”
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