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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Retail Vista SP1 and final XP SP3 expected this week

Microsoft officials have been saying for the past few weeks to expect Microsoft to release Vista SP1 through retail channels and via Windows Update in mid March. Even though Microsoft released Vista SP1 to manufacturing in early February and delivered the final SP1 bits to its TechNet and Microsoft Developer Network subscribers a couple of weeks after that — company officials said they were holding back on making the service pack more broadly available due to driver installation problems.

Microsoft officials have said to expect XP SP3 to ship by mid 2008. Web site PCInpact earlier this year said Microsoft planned to ship the final version of XP SP3 the week of March 23, a date Microsoft would neither confirm nor deny when I asked.

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