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Will Microsoft's new service pack reinvigorate Vista sales on the eve of Windows 7?

Microsoft is preparing new service packs for Windows Vista and its server counterpart, Windows Server 2008.  The pair of service packs, according to sources, will likely land before the release of Windows 7 which is set to debut in late 2009 or early 2010.  Microsoft confirmed that the project was in the works, with a Vista spokesman saying, "Microsoft is working on a second Windows Vista service pack (Windows Vista SP2) and will share more details in the coming months."

Windows Vista already saw the release of its first service pack in May of this year.  The first release was marred by compatibility difficulties, which forced Microsoft to take it offline for a short time.  Amid slower than-hoped-for adoption growth, Microsoft launched a reinvigorated push to convince people to adopt Windows Vista, highlighted by its "I'm a PC" commercials.

Reports indicate that Microsoft is hard at work preparing the second generation service packs, to help further this new campaign.  It has reportedly delivered a beta of the Vista pack to select hardware and software partners.  This is similar to its current distribution method for early builds of Windows 7.  Microsoft also posted a placeholder article for Vista SP2 on its Knowledge Base site.

Details on the new packs are scarce, but sources with Microsoft say that the biggest deliverable for the Server version will be the integration of Hyper-V bits with it.  Sources also say the reason Microsoft is pushing to release the pack before Windows 7 is to limit confusion about whether to upgrade to Windows 7 or choose the newly more functional Vista.

The service pack for Windows Server 2008 will also reportedly be called SP2, despite it being the first service pack for the OS.  This because Windows Server 2008 was built on Vista with the SP1 service pack included.  Still, the first real service pack for the server OS will be an essential boost as many corporate partners are hesitant to buy an OS without service packs.

Microsoft is remaining tight-lipped about the server SP2 as well, except to acknowledge that its coming soon.  A Microsoft spokesperson stated, "[The] comment [on Vista] serves for Windows Server as well; Microsoft is not commenting further on the timing/release plans for the WS08 SP2 at this time, but will share more details in the coming months."

The Beta 1 releases for the two SP2s are expected within the next couple months.  This will put some pressure on Microsoft's developer team to quickly complete the service pack, as the Windows 7 Beta 1 is slated for mid-December release.

It is rumored that Microsoft may be including some aspects of Windows 7's functionality into Vista via the new service packs.

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RE: Limit confusion?
By omnicronx on 10/19/2008 11:58:25 AM , Rating: 2
Are you a moron? Every OS ever released that was not specifically designed to have low hardware requirements was designed to be used with better hardware. This includes Unix, Linux, OSX and Windows.

And when I said push the limits I meant if needs be, Windows Vista with all features activated can push the limits of your hardware, but nobody is saying you have to use all these features. Thats what Vista business and home editions are for, obviously you should not be using Aero on a PC from 2002 with an integrated Intel video card.

I just have to ask, how do you think progress is achieved? Please tell me how an operating system can get better without taking advantage of extra power. Each OS has a lifecycle, if you do not realize this then you have never met any developer, and in that case you obviously have no idea what you are talking about.

RE: Limit confusion?
By mindless1 on 10/19/2008 12:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
You're stuck on the idea that it's progress, that it's getting better. Fixing what is broken is progress. Making the OS be more and more of a specialized environment one has to manipulate just to do the same work as always is a step backwards.

You're saying nobody has to use features but in fact the OS is slower without them and still consumes more memory so it's like saying "Drive around with bricks in your trunk and just don't use them if you don't want to. Oh, you had another use for your trunk, too bad because I think bricks in your trunk is progress."

RE: Limit confusion?
By poohbear on 10/20/2008 10:26:47 AM , Rating: 2
lol u're really preaching to the wrong people by going to a computer enthusiast site and telling them that we shouldnt progress hardware or software much, that all we need is 10 year old hardware and be happy w/ that.

we all get off on progress and seeing advances in technology, not stagnation.

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