Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3 May Arrive This Week
According to numerous reports
on the Web, Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows XP SP3 may both be released this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday
One major source of clues about the Vista SP1 release date is Amazon.com, which
has made the next version of Microsoft's new operating system available for
presale. Amazon is currently showing
it will have Vista SP1 available for sale on March 19, but the descriptive text
mentions that the products will be "released on March 18, 2008."
According to Computerworld, which appears to have been
first with the story on Saturday, the March 19 date will be the date that the
retail version will be available, while another blog, TechArp.com, is predicting
the download version will be available on Tuesday.
Microsoft pre-released Vista SP1 to "technical customers" last month
complaints by IT professionals that Microsoft did not give networking professionals, consultants and developers time to preview
it. Redmond released
Vista SP1 to manufacturing on Feb. 4.
As for Windows XP3, All About Microsoft's Mary Jo Foley wrote in a post
this morning that sources testing the latest Windows XP upgrade told her it
will be released this week.
She pointed out that blog UX Evangelist predicted
in February that Vista SP1 would be released tomorrow or Wednesday and Windows
XP3 next week.