Windows XP SP3 to be released next week, according to Neowin

( ) April 16, 2008 — Technology news site posted a list of release dates for Windows XP Service Pack 3 yesterday. According to the schedule, SP3 is scheduled for release April 21, 2008.

The announcement, posted by Christopher Vendemio on April 15, claims the information was obtained internally from Microsoft. According to the schedule, Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 will be available to OEM's, Volume License, Connect, MSDN and TechNet Subscribers next week. SP3 will be released through Microsoft Update, Windows Update and Download Center April 29.

Other sources pegged the middle to end of April as possible release dates of SP3. Microsoft declined to formally announce a specific date, saying only that the long awaited service pack for the seven year old operating system  would be released sometime in the first half of 2008.

Microsoft said SP3 would be the final service pack and major update of Windows XP. The popular OS is scheduled for End of Life Support June 30, 2010 or soon after the release of Windows 7, which according to Microsoft is scheduled for release sometime between 2009 and 2010.