Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3 May Arrive This Week
Amazon has next OS versions available for presale
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 the retail version is available, while another blog, TechArp.com, is predicting the download version will be available Tuesday.
Microsoft pre-released Vista SP1 to "technical customers" last month following complaints by IT professionals for not pre-releasing the update in order to give networking professionals, consultants and developers time to preview the it. Redmond released Vista SP1 to manufacturing 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.
Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.