No Vista SP1 until next year

Microsoft delays launch of Windows Vista Service Pack1 to first quarter of 2008.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  August 30, 2007

Microsoft has announced that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 will not be available until the first quarter of next year. The software giant is currently preparing a beta of the service pack, which it expects to distribute to a restricted test group soon, but the full service pack will not be finished until next year.

Jon DeVaan, senior vice president of Microsoft's Windows Core Operating System division said in a statement on the Microsoft press pass website: "We're targeting the first quarter of 2008, but the exact date really depends on feedback we receive from testers and the work we put into making sure we understand the feedback we receive. We're making a beta available to more than 10,000 people in the next few weeks - that's a critical step for us on the road to release, and we're looking forward to the feedback we'll get."

DeVaan said that the service pack would bring together all of the existing updates that had been made to Vista, along with other improvements. Likely areas for upgrade would be increased driver support and application compatibility, improved printer management, and support for new standards including Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and ExFat (a new flash memory storage file format). The service pack would also make general improvements in management; security, reliability and performance. The final service pack could be as large as 7GB.

Microsoft's own Vista Team blog says that a limited number of testers will receive the initial beta version, but a later beta will be made available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

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