Yesterday we got wind that Microsoft would be making a significant announcement today but no more than that.
After putting our collective noggins together we guessed that the mystery release could be the long awaiting update to XP - service pack 3.
However after doing some fishing with Microsoft's press officers, we got the following statement back last night (in full-blown Microsoft speak) which seems to indicate a release later in the first half of this year:
Yesterday (19.02.08), we released Windows XP SP3 RC 2 to the Microsoft Download Center. This release catches the build up on previously released hotfixes and responds to the critical feedback from the previous betas. We are targeting 1H 2008 for the release of XP SP3 RTM, though our timing will always be based on customer feedback as a first priority.
Bonus points to anyone able to decode this message which sounds like it's been written in Klingon and then run through Babelfish to me. I guess we'll have to wait and see what today brings - I am still not ruling out XP SP3 as that message is classic non-denial denial but it's looking less likely.