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  (Source: Microsoft)

  (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft spills the beans on Vista SP1

After months of leaks and speculation, Microsoft is finally ready to talk about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). Nick White, a product manager for Microsoft, posted today on the Windows Vista Team Blog that Vista SP1 will be released during the first quarter of 2008.

"We improve the Windows Vista experience by continuing to work closely with software partners to ensure application compatibility," said White. "We likewise align efforts with partners on the hardware side of the business to broaden the range of devices that work with Windows Vista and to constantly improve device driver quality."

"We didn’t design SP1 as a vehicle for releasing new features; however, some existing components do gain enhanced functionality in SP1," White added.

A new beta release of Vista SP1 is scheduled to be made available to a select group of testers during the first half of September. This is in addition to an even smaller pool of testers who have been testing a private beta of Vista SP1.

In keeping with its full disclosure on Vista SP1, Microsoft has posted a white paper on the SP1 beta. The white paper details the improvement that Microsoft has made in application compatibility and driver support as well as improvements to security and reliability.

The white paper also notes that there will be three ways of delivering Vista SP1:  Express, Stand-alone and Slipstream. The Express install will require a 50MB download from the Internet. System-specific updates will then be downloaded from Microsoft’s servers.

The Stand-alone package will be roughly 1GB in size for x86 systems. Customers, however, will be able to deploy SP1 to any Vista installation with the Stand-alone package and it will be compatible with the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 software.

Finally, Slipstream versions of Windows Vista with SP1 included will be made available to Volume Licensing Customers (and later in retail packaging). Microsoft does note, however, that "customers cannot apply SP1 to offline Windows Vista images." This could mean that customers will not able to make their own personal Slipstream copy of Windows Vista SP1 from an existing Windows Vista disc.

Installation of Windows Vista SP1 regardless of which method chosen will require a minimum of 7GB free disk space on x86 machines and 12GB free disk space on x64 machines. Microsoft does state that "most of this space will be reclaimed after installation."

As previously stated, Microsoft is targeting a Q1 2008 release time frame. That could change depending on a variety of factors according to Microsoft. "We’re first and foremost focused on delivering a high-quality release, so we'll determine the exact release date of SP1 after we have reached that quality bar," remarked White.

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RE: Vista has gone Gold
By BitJunkie on 8/30/2007 2:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
The FUD is an interesting phenomenon RE: Vista. I remember back to the launch of XP and lots of my friends were jumping all over it - they were proper early adopters and happy to embrace the whole experience as such (warts and all).

Vista is different - Could it be a backlash from the "enthusiasts" who hate being forced to pay for the software due to enhanced anti-piracy systems? Do they seize on the newest irrational and unfounded reasons to hate vista to justify their lack of early adoption (which is atypical for the entusiast community). The opinions of the vocal minority are amplified and perpetuated by enthusiasts on various fora that are also visited by the media - and so this becomes the entrenched position.

Eitherway, everyone I know who upgraded to Vista had a good experience and is happy with the outcome - the OS presents a much happier and more comfortable environment to ustilise on a daily basis....but this is at odds to the vocal "enthusiasts" who are shaping "opinion".

The irony is that these "enthusiasts" may not have even tried the OS but are happy to flame it's reputation none-the-less. Has the "enthusiast" community grown to become an ultra-conservative, stagnant and lethargic group that now fails to push, pursue and question in their former position at the vanguard of technological innovation? Is The vocal enthusiast no longer hunting for the next S-Curve, but busy chasing benchmarks. If so, then who is it that's first on the curve these days? Do we need to hunt them out and give them a new name, and relegate the enthusiast community to benchmark obsessed irrelevants?

It's certainly makes an interesting case study in the diffusion of innovations.

RE: Vista has gone Gold
By TomZ on 8/30/2007 2:47:26 PM , Rating: 1
I agree, and I would add that today, more than there was with the XP release, there are probably far more Linux (and maybe OS X) advocates speaking out against Vista. You tend to see this with some of the more ill-informed posts that critize Vista for something that doesn't make sense, then go on to say they're going to load up some distribution of Linux. It is my opinion that these are people who are already running Linux just taking cheap shots at Vista.

Just to be clear, I'm not saying all Linux advocates are doing this, just that there is a larger vocal group now compared to XP's release.

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