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Microsoft to beta launch Vista SP1

Microsoft is to beta launch the first Service Pack (SP1) for Windows Vista next Monday (July 16).

Microsoft is to beta launch the first Service Pack (SP1) for Windows Vista next Monday (July 16).

The firm plans to release the final version of SP1 to the masses in November, after four months of beta testing.

Numerous bug fixes will be incorporated including a revised desktop search function, faster shutdown speeds and file transfers, more secure BitLocker Drive Encryption and Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) support for x64-based machines.

Microsoft has also confirmed the operating system's performance-enhancing ReadyBoost function will be tweaked following complaints from users of sluggish performance after resuming PCs from sleep and hibernation states.

Along with the planned official launch of SP1 in November, Microsoft will also release Windows Server 2008.

This successor to Windows Server 2003 is based on the same base code as Windows Vista, meaning it has a similar architecture and functionality. Beta 3 of Windows Server 2008 was released on April 25 this year.

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