Microsoft delays Windows XP Service Pack 3 from 2006 to 2007!

Posted by bink on January 16 2006, 10:58 PM. Posted in Windows XP.

2 weeks ago I posted my annual list of what we can expect for this year. WinXP SP3 was also mentioned in the list, I put it in summer 2006 as I had several sources for this, including this official list. Now it seems Microsoft silently changed the release date to 2007, while the publishing date of the list remains unchanged. Maybe I checked the list before that date, but I'm quite sure I didn't.Last year in April, Ballmer said windows XP sp3 would ship before "Longhorn" comes out. Now it will be a year later: 2nd half or 2007!!Anyway this sucks of course, in my opinion Windows should get a SP every year until the general support is dropped. Now home users, admins and OEMs who deploy XP have to download a lot of fixes when a new PC is installed. admins can slipstream the fixes but it is a hassle. A SP is very convenient in that way. No wonder techies build there own SP's and release the to the web. Waiting 3 years for a SP is too long!I hate it when MS does this, and let me predict this headline somewhere in 2007:"Microsoft cancels Windows XP SP3, instead comes with roll-up-fix"Strangely SP2 for Windows Server 2003 is scheduled for 2nd half of 2006 (as in my list)