While Microsoft has still will not confirmed that there will be a third service pack for its Windows XP OS, a preview version of the software update has been made available on the Web. An "unofficial" preview pack of Windows XP service pack 3 (SP3) is available at The Hotfix.
Ethan Allen, the creator and administrator of The Hotfix, said Wednesday he put together the preview pack from software updates he received from an internal Microsoft source that are expected to be released in SP3.
Some of those updates include Windows log-on improvements and features that fix current problems with connecting Windows XP computers to various networks, according to the SP3 forum on the site, which can be found here
A Microsoft spokesman said that Microsoft still has not decided whether or not to release SP3 for Windows XP. At this point, the Windows servicing team is reviewing the feedback on Windows XP SP2 and is still evaluating timing and alternatives for the next Windows XP servicing release.