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Microsoft's latest service pack will bring the ability to record Blu-Ray, numerous Wi-Fi updates, and other tweaks and bugfixes

On the tails of the release of the Windows Vista SP2 Release Candidate to the masses, only a couple weeks later Microsoft has delivered the RTM Escrow build to its Connect beta testers.  Microsoft had already released this build several days ago, reportedly, to its internal testers.

Beta testers can find the new build on Windows Update via Windows Connect.  It has been packaged with multiple install options to test, including Slipstream versions and Standalone installers.  The new build string is 6002.17043.090312-1835, so if you are a tester or have a copy you can check its authenticity against that. 

The new service pack delivers many much anticipated features, along with numerous tweaks and bug fixes which should strengthen the Vista experience.  Among the hottest additions in the new pack is the ability to record in Blu-Ray format for the first time in Windows.  Other key additions include Bluetooth v2.1 connectivity, Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration wireless functionality, faster Wi-Fi resume times after hibernation, Windows Search 4.0, and the ability to configure the maximum number of TCP connections.

For those outside the testing community eager to get their hands on the final version of SP2, it should be available within a couple weeks, as the RTM build typically is the last step before a public release.  Stay tuned for more details.

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Blu-ray on Seven?
By kensiko on 3/26/2009 8:59:36 AM , Rating: 2
I read in the pasts months that Windows 7 would not be able to burn blu-ray DVDs.

So, if Vista can with SP2, will Win7 be able or not?

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By Ryanman on 3/26/2009 9:13:45 AM , Rating: 5
I'm relatively sure that windows 7 will support it if Vista does. If you get the right version, that is.

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By VaultDweller on 3/26/2009 9:58:58 AM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure (but not 100% positive) that Windows 7 has Blu-ray write support.

This is irrelevant if you use Nero or something similar as your burning software.

Where both Vista SP2 and Windows 7 are lacking is Blu-ray video playback. Neither will have native support to play back Blu-ray video discs and Microsoft apparently does not intend to change this (presumably due to anti-competition issues and the fact that they'd basically put CyberLink and InterVideo out of business).

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By Mojo the Monkey on 3/26/09, Rating: -1
RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By Mojo the Monkey on 3/26/09, Rating: -1
RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By Hieyeck on 3/26/2009 2:07:33 PM , Rating: 5
No, your attempts at humor just suck.

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By jjmcubed on 3/27/2009 12:39:34 AM , Rating: 2
Put a smile on my face... considering how often that happens these days, thank you.

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By B3an on 3/26/2009 12:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
I have Win 7 build 7057 and it will play blu-ray rips - .MKV files. I dont have a blu ray drive to test actual discs. But WMP say it does not recognize the extension but will still play it perfectly fine anyway with hardware acceleration.

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By omnicronx on 3/26/2009 12:28:02 PM , Rating: 4
Windows 7 will natively support AVC, VC1, MPEG2, and H.264 not to mention other MPEG4 ish codecs like Divx.

This is why it will play your MKV files. It will not play actual blu-ray disks natively. MKV is just a container, so you could be testing any number of codecs, although your file was probably an H.264 based codec.

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By Mitch101 on 3/27/2009 9:25:12 AM , Rating: 2
Here is to hoping they streamline updates and messages better into the media center gui. There is nothing more annoying that having media center pop to the windows screen because there is a message like hey there is a new version of adobe or java, anti-virus engine update?, etc where you either have to break out the wireless keyboard or remote desktop into the machine to clear. Easy fix for me but a problem for the wife and kids.

I pray they add some sort of screen calibration options found in XBMC and allow for changing the videos aspect ratios by a button click. I actually have my Media Center PC running XBMC instead. If they added recording options to XBMC and leveraged hardware acceleration instead of their own codecs on the PC it would rock Media Center once and for all.

Its almost apparent that none of the people who developed the media center interface use it in their livings rooms and make it work properly without a keyboard. Finally for the love of god Microsoft allow skinning of the media center interface. Its nice but it could be much much better if I could customize the interface to my liking.

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By IceBreakerG on 3/26/2009 10:03:17 AM , Rating: 2
From what I read, there were some issues with Windows 7 being able to "play back" Blu-Ray movies. Windows 7 will have native Blu-Ray burning support just like Vista SP2.

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By TomZ on 3/26/2009 10:44:48 AM , Rating: 2
From what I read, there were some issues with Windows 7 being able to "play back" Blu-Ray
I thought that playing Blu-ray movies was not in the feature set of Windows 7 at all.

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By omnicronx on 3/26/2009 11:36:49 AM , Rating: 3
Its not, 7 will not natively support BD playback. It will not play in Windows Media Center or Windows Media player.

There will be support, but solely third party support.

This is just a royalty issue, same as with native MPEG2 support pre Vista.

RE: Blu-ray on Seven?
By piroroadkill on 3/26/09, Rating: -1
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