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Get the latest Vista update while its steaming hot

With the impending release of Windows 7 next year, Windows Vista SP2 seems set to launch next summer with its developers rushing to incorporate the many fixes and upgrades they had planned in time.  The release appears to be moving along on schedule, with the first beta set to make its public debut tomorrow.

Previously, Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 was only available to select partners -- "Technology Adoption Program" customers.  Today it is free to download to any MSDN or TechNet subscribers, and it goes live for the general public tomorrow through the Customer Preview Program (CPP).

Microsoft describes:

The CPP is intended for technology enthusiasts, developers, and IT Pros who would like to test Service Pack 2 in their environments and with their applications prior to final release. For most customers, our best advice would be to wait until the final release prior to installing this service pack.

For those of you who choose to test this service pack, we encourage you to install the beta as soon as you can; your feedback will help us to ship a solid and stable service pack for Windows Vista.

As with previous service packs, SP2 bundles Windows Updates released since SP1 into a single source.  It also adds support for key new standards.  One update is Windows Search 4.0 which should provide faster searches and improved relevancy in results.  The update will also ensure that Vista and Server 2008 are compatible with the latest Bluetooth tech, via the Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack.  Native recording to Blu-Ray on Vista is also now supported at last.

A new utility called Windows Connect Now (WCN) is also added to help users set up wireless networks more easily.  In order to synchronize files across time zones, Microsoft also adds exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps.

Many other minor features are also featured in the new service pack.  Overall Microsoft hopes that it makes Windows Vista and Server 2008 use a bit easier and more intuitive, while fixing outstanding issues.

Head on over to TechNet tomorrow if you want to download SP2 as part of the Customer Preview Program.

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Wake me up when...
By Pirks on 12/3/2008 3:36:56 PM , Rating: 1
...MS fixes totally idiotic and braindead restriction on Windows Media Player in Vista where you can't share your media library if you have just one public network on your PC. This is ridiculous. I have a private network on my PC and a public network too, and Windows Media Player is so unbelievably stupid that it tells me "no, you can't share your media library at all, not even to your private network".

Could someone explain to me why it is so dumb? Is there some serious technical reason for that? I thought I could share my library easily just for my private network(s) because it totally logical and intuitive, but as it's often the case with MS "intuitive and logical" equals "not implemented in Windows". So sad.

This new SP2 thing is not going to solve that, alas, and there's no way to talk to someone from MS about it. Too bad. Only thing that's soothing is that Apple is even worse - I tried to contact them multiple times about bugs in Quicktime and never got even an acknowledgement that they rceived my messages. Looks like all commercial OSes are like that.

RE: Wake me up when...
By elpresidente2075 on 12/3/08, Rating: 0
RE: Wake me up when...
By Pirks on 12/3/2008 9:43:50 PM , Rating: 3
I'd recommend you to educate yourself about the difference between media library sharing and file/folder sharing in Vista.

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