Microsoft’s Chris Keroack announces on a TechNet forum that Windows XP Service Pack 3 has been released to manufacturing:
Today we are happy to announce that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has released to manufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 bits are now working their way through our manufacturing channels to be available to OEM and Enterprise customers.
We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. Online documentation for Windows XP SP3, such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and the Microsoft TechNet Windows XP TechCenter, will be updated then. For customers who use Windows XP at home, Windows XP SP3 Automatic Update distribution for users at home will begin in early summer.
SP3 rolls up all current XP fixes, adds a few new fixes, and adds some minor functionality. The Microsoft documentation isn’t online yet, but Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has a nice summary.