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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.

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Becky Nagel is vice president of AI for 1105 Media, where she specializes in training internal and external customers on maximizing their business potential via a wide variety of generative AI technologies as well as developing cutting-edge AI content and events. She's the author of "ChatGPT Prompt 101 Guide for Business Uses," regularly leads research studies on generative AI business usage, and serves as the director of AI Boardroom, a new resource for C-level executives looking to excel in the AI era. Prior to her current position she was a technical leader for 1105 Media's Web, advertising and production teams as well as editorial director for a suite of enterprise technology publications, including serving as founding editor of PureAI.com. She has 20 years of enterprise technology journalism experience, and regularly speaks and writes about generative AI, AI, edge computing and other cutting-edge technologies. She can be reached at bnagel@1105media.com.

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