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News about Windows Vista SP1
« on: 26. July 2007., 20:46:03 »
What and when seem to be two of the most pressing questions when it comes down to the first Service Pack for Windows Vista. Microsoft has been completely mute when it came to details related to Windows Vista SP1. This is either the trademark or the leitmotif of the post Jim Allchin (Former) Co-President, Platforms & Services Division, era and the new reign of Steven Sinofsky, Senior Vice President, Windows and Windows 
Live Engineering Group, now  in charge of the Windows project.

But of course there are additional question related to Vista SP1, on top of what the first refresh for the operating system will bring to the table and when will that happen. Well, Paul Thurrott posted a general Windows Vista SP1 FAQ on his website, offering the availability date for the release as well as the main contents. It is important to remember that this information has not been officially confirmed by Microsoft.

The Redmond company is much more willing to discuss Windows Seven, Vista's successor than SP1. Microsoft's strategy is quite rudimentary. In this manner, it hopes that both the media and the users will focus on Windows Vista. Deterring the focus away from Vista is not in Microsoft's best interest, as it needs to continue selling the operating system, independent of the release of SP1.

As far as availability is concerned, Microsoft has already made a beta version of the Service Pack available to a selection of testers and did reveal that a public beta will be released by the end of 2007. In this context, there are speculations that Vista SP1 will drop in 2008, in the vicinity of the Windows Server 2008 launch at the end of February. And of course there are also rumors pointing out that Vista SP1 will be released by November 2007, which apparently will coincide with the RTM date of Windows Server 2008.

One thing is clear though. Vista SP1 is intimately connected with Windows Server 2008, down to the core if you will. And this is not a figure of speech. The fact of the matter is that Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 share the same kernel. So SP1 will upgrade Vista from kernel version 6.0 to build 6.1. In addition, Microsoft also plans to resolve issues related to PatchGuard, the kernel patch protection technology in the 64-bit editions of the platform that are locking security companies out and to open up the built-in Desktop Search mechanism to third party solutions.
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News about Windows Vista SP1
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Windows Vista SP1 Preview Pack *Unofficial*
« Reply #1 on: 11. August 2007., 14:41:58 »
Microsoft labors to deliver Windows Vista SP1 in the second half of 2007. However, details about the refresh are scarce. Microsoft has limited the information only to reveal the fact that SP1 will be nothing more than a collection of updates and hotfixes and not a major release in the sense of Windows XP SP1 and SP2.
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News about Windows Vista SP1
« Reply #2 on: 30. August 2007., 23:30:27 »
Now is the time and the time is now: let's talk about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). Much has been made of what will or will not be included in SP1 and when it will be released (some accurate, some otherwise). I'm here to set the story straight: we're in the process of developing and deploying a Beta version of SP1. This post will describe for you what to expect from that effort and how you can be involved in the process.

First, a note on service packs. As you are aware, service packs are part of our traditional software lifecycle; they’re something we do for most major products as a commitment to continuous improvement. But, the servicing situation has changed with the advent of Windows Vista, as we no longer rely solely on service packs as the main vehicle used to deploy system fixes and improvements. The Windows Update online service is one new way to deliver many OS improvements. For example, yesterday in advance of SP1 we released via Windows Update two separate improvements to Windows Vista’s reliability and performance. We did this prior to SP1 in lieu of requiring customers to wait for these fixes to be rolled into a single service pack. Beyond this, we improve the Windows Vista experience by continuing to work closely with software partners to ensure application compatibility. We likewise align efforts with partners on the hardware side of the business to broaden the range of devices that work with Windows Vista and to constantly improve device driver quality.


What is SP1? What is it not?
In addition to updates we’ve previously released, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability and performance issues we’ve identified via customer feedback, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also makes additional improvements to the IT administration experience. We didn’t design SP1 as a vehicle for releasing new features; however, some existing components do gain enhanced functionality in SP1.
More information on what’s included in SP1 can be found in the detailed white paper.

When can I get my hands on the Beta of SP1?
A Beta release of Windows Vista SP1 is slated for availability in the next few weeks. A small group of testers has been putting a preview of the SP1 Beta through its paces to help prepare for broader release. We made the choice to start with a very small group of testers because we think it’s better for both our customers and for Microsoft to keep the beta program small at the start.

A later pre-release of SP1 will be available to a larger group of testers via MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

And what about SP1 itself -- when will that be available?
We're targeting releasing SP1 to manufacturing in the first quarter of 2008, but as always, we’re first and foremost focused on delivering a high-quality release, so we'll determine the exact release date of SP1 after we have reached that quality bar. (FYI, in case you didn’t already know: the Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 engineering efforts are aligned, so the Server team also said on their blog today that they are targeting the first quarter of 2008 for their release to manufacturing.)
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Vista SP1 Beta Download Next Week? Windows XP SP3 Missing in Action
« Reply #3 on: 21. September 2007., 22:14:11 »
Microsoft is hard at work cooking the upcoming releases of Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3 and Windows Server 2008 RC 0, formerly codenamed Longhorn. The end of the baking time is planed for September, with all indications at this point focused on the upcoming week. At the end of August, Jon DeVaan, Senior Vice President of the Windows Core Operating System division as well as Nick White, Product Manager with the Vista team revealed that the first full beta of Vista SP1 was scheduled to drop to some 10,000 to 15,000 MSDN and TechNet subscribers in the "next few weeks." Subsequently Microsoft indicated mid September as the possible release date.

 
However this has not been the case. But the Redmond company, in addition to sending out Vista SP1  Beta
invitations to the participants in the Windows Server 2008 Beta program, has also started issuing confirmation of participation to those that have signed up for the first beta refresh to Vista. "Congratulations on being selected to participate in the Windows Vista SP1 beta program. Windows Vista SP1 is an update to Windows Vista that, along with improvements delivered to users via Windows Update, addresses feedback from our customers," reads a fragment of the confirmation as cited by Live Sino.

Microsoft is yet shy as to when exactly Vista SP1 Beta will be made available for download. An announcement on the Microsoft TechNet website promises that a limited beta for the service pack will drop "soon." No other word than "soon." But combining the information delivered by DeVaan and White with the Vista SP1 Beta participation confirmations issued by Microsoft, the release time must be just around the corner.

"In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability and performance issues, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also continues to improve upon the IT administration experience. SP1 is not intended to be a vehicle for releasing new features; however some existing components do gain enhanced functionality in SP1. You will receive email from MS Connect when images are available for testing. This is only a confirmation that you have been selected to participate," additionally reads the email message from the Windows Beta Team.

One thing that is certain is that Microsoft will deliver the first release candidate for Windows Server 2008 next week. The scenario was confirmed officially by Michael Neil, general manager of virtualization for Microsoft, during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Windows Server 2003 is currently feature complete and in Beta 3 stage. Microsoft's last 32-bit server operating system will be released to manufacturing in 2008 and will be launched at the end of February.

Microsoft also plans to release Windows Vista SP1 in the first quarter of the next year, while Windows XP SP3 will drop by mid 2008. And since we are on the subject, the Redmond company has gone completely quiet about the first fully-fledged beta for Windows XP SP3. As far the third service pack for Windows XP and the first refresh for Vista have been synchronized and chances are that XP SP3 Beta will accompany Vista SP1 Beta.

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