Want the darn thing?
Beta of XP update made public, A blog by Ina Fried, CNET News.com
Microsoft issued a release candidate version of XP SP3 in November and expanded its testing earlier this month, promising the public test version would come at some later date.
For anyone who still wants to try the darn thing, Microsoft says, the beta should be up on Microsoft’s Web site later Tuesday and ready in final form in the first half of next year.
Emphasis mine. If you want “the darn thing”, it will be available soon (haha).