It's Tax Day, and we could hardly be blamed for last-minute filing and not paying attention to the news. However, rumor has it that 4/21 is the day: XP SP3 Release Day, that is.
Today, however, Neowin was able to get the release schedule for the Release to Manufacturer (RTM) version of Windows XP SP3. According to Neowin, OEMs, Volume License customers, Windows Connect users and MSDN/TechNet subscribers will have access to SP3 on April 21. The public will have to wait until April 29 to access SP3 via Windows Update and Microsoft's Download Center.
Microsoft will not push SP3 via Automatic Updates until June 10 which should give IT managers enough time to work with the service pack should things go awry.
We'll believe it when we see it. As readers well know, many, many users still have XP running on systems, and businesses have been reluctant to upgrade as well. The sooner SP3 comes out, the better, for all concerned (except perhaps Microsoft, who still wants us all on Vista).