Many consumers and businesses make the decision to stay away
from new Windows releases until the first service pack becomes available.
According to internal Microsoft emails, the first service pack for Windows
Vista could come as early as this year.
posted an email in its entirety which details Microsoft's plans
for the service pack and the role that it expects testers to play in the
development of the first major update for Vista. Microsoft is looking to tackle
"regressions from Windows Vista and Windows XP, security, deployment
blockers and other high impact issues [as its] primary focus for the Service
Pack. The Windows TAP team will work
with customers to identify and drive these issues."
Microsoft is betting heavily on its customers and partners
to ensure that Service Pack 1 is available before the end of 2007.
Microsoft lays out these requirements for customers looking to join the
Technology Adoption Program (TAP):
Windows Vista was released to business
customers on November 30 and will hit retail shelves on
January 30. Customers looking to grab a copy of Vista ahead of the official
retail launch can grab
OEM copies now online.
quote: And Microsoft's own Application Compatibility Toolkit (unimportant for consumers, but very important for enterprises)