Microsoft Windows XP SP3 – This Fall?

ZDNet is reporting on the testing of Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). It includes fixes for well over 900 problems (some of which can be fixed with hotfixes released after Service Pack 2 came out in 2004). ZDNet is reporting that SP3 might possibly come out later this year instead of 2008 as planned.

Excerpt from the article:

Microsoft confirmed that the new pre-beta XP SP3 build is real. (That’s more than the company is willing to do regarding the pre-beta builds of Vista SP1….) But company officials continued to decline to provide any more detailed information on when Microsoft will release a public beta of XP SP3 and/or when it is planning to release the final update.

“A pre-beta build of Windows XP SP3 was released to a select group of testers,” said a Microsoft spokeswoman, via e-mail. “We’re currently planning to deliver SP3 for Windows XP in the first half of CY2008. This date is preliminary, and we don’t have any more details to share at this time.”

This is interesting, as a lot of mobile users have stayed with Windows XP due to battery life issues that James Kendrick and others have discussed (in regards to Windows XP versus Vista).