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Microsoft has confirmed that the leaked Windows XP Service Pack 3 Build 5503 is an official release. The Redmond company had been mute on the development of XP SP3 following the delivery of Release Candidate 2 build 3311. In this context, when XP SP3 Build 5503 started to pop out on torrent trackers and on warez websites there was a lot of speculation that
the release was in fact a fake. First of all, the jump from build 3311 all the way to 5503 pointed to the fact that the latest build could not come from Microsoft. Especially as the Redmond company said nothing on the matter.

Well, this is no longer the case. I contacted Microsoft and asked whether XP SP3 Build 5503 was an official release. "The XP SP3 5503 build was a minor interim build released to address one specific issue for a subset of private beta testers," revealed a Microsoft spokesperson in an email to Softpedia. And it looks like I wasn't the only one who asked since Mary Jo Foley got the same official response to a similar inquiry (via WinBeta).

But at the same time, although XP SP3 5503 is an official release from Microsoft, I advise you not to touch the downloads on torrent trackers or other sources. As soon as it has left Redmond and ended up being made available for download, despite the fact that it was a private release, there's really no telling what XP SP3 5503 brings to the table. The best thing that you can do is wait for official releases of XP SP3. And from the signals that I'm getting it will not be a long wait.

"This build was not intended for public release and anyone who has that build and is not part of the private beta is working with bits that Microsoft can't verify the integrity-it's possible the bits may have been modified with malware or other bad code that Microsoft hasn't tested. That's why we advise customers to check the Microsoft's download centers for product updates, to ensure they're getting valid code for their systems. The final version of XP SP3 is still on target to be released the first half of calendar year 2008," the Microsoft spokesperson.
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*watches tumbleweed roll by*

I guess everyone finally moved to Vista then . 26 minutes and no replies!.

Whoops. i'm not trying to start a OS war, honestly .
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Too bad my XP is in french =( I'd wish to see if SP3 is really that good for quad core optimization.
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I just don't think many people care about a leaked version. We just want it to be released already.
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Nice avatar Zeag, lol.
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"This build was not intended for public release and anyone who has that build and is not part of the private beta is working with bits that Microsoft can't verify the integrity-it's possible the bits may have been modified with malware or other bad code that Microsoft hasn't tested."
Not the biggest fan I MS, but one thing I do admire about them:
When addressing the piracy issue they're fairly calm and pragmatic about it. They don't publicly steam-roll over random people to try and stop illegal downloads, and their response seems sencible and fair: run your pirated OS all you want, but there's a huge risk of compramising your system, and we can't give you updates for it.

Compare this approrach to the one taken by the RIAA,MPAA, and MS seems downright angelic.
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Roger that. And I'm still faithfully waiting for another SP from MS to my favorite OS.
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Microsoft has a product with actual value. They don't need to crack down on piracy because people need what they're selling and need Microsoft to continually improve the product they've bought.

The RIAA and MPAA are trying to protect property that has no value except amusement value (IE no practical application) and which is a finished product admitting no improvement. So piracy is a bigger deal because they could theoretically be put out of business by it.

Of course, given that I have all the Rolling Stones' records on CD, and the Godfather on DVD, that's no skin off my nose.
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