Yesterday, Microsoft issued Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office
2007 along with a Release Candidate version of Service
Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP. Today, the boys from Redmond are turning their
attention to Windows Vista.
Windows Vista users can now download a release candidate
version of SP1 for the operating system. SP1 RC1 was released to a select
group of testers last month, but this is the first time that the service
pack has been opened up to the public.
SP1 includes numerous bugfixes and security updates
introduced since the release of Vista on November 30, 2006. Also included are
improvements to ReadyBoost, increased network performance, faster file copying
also notes that improvements have been made to Vista's update engine including
support for hotpatching:
Service Pack 1 RC1 can be downloaded directly from
Microsoft's website via a standalone
package. Users can also choose to download a small
348KB applet which will use Windows Update do only download SP1 updates
specific to your system.