Vista SP2 Coming Soon, Microsoft Again Announces
Article by George Norman
On 21 May 2009
Can’t wait to get your hands on the second service pack (SP2) for the Vista operating system? According to Microsoft, the software will be delivered via the DLC (Download Center), WU (Windows Update) and WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) soon - a specific release date has not been provided (again). This news follows Microsoft’s announcement that Vista SP2 reached RTM status, and the announcement that SP2 RTM DVD ISO images are available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

The Windows Update team comments: “Just a heads up to prepare for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2. It will be available in the coming weeks on the Download Center (DLC) and also through Windows Update and WSUS. P2 includes all updates that were released since SP1. It also includes support for new types of hardware and other technology improvements.”

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To tell you the truth, this waiting for Windows Vista Service Pack 2, and the functionality it provides, is getting to be quite irritating. I don’t blame Microsoft for not rushing things a bit, especially since Bill Veghte (Senior Vice president of Windows Business with Microsoft) himself said at the Microsoft TechEd North America 2009 event that companies which did not make the transition from XP to Vista and are just now testing the implementation of Vista, should wait for Windows 7. I’m not blaming them for that, I’m just saying that a release date would be nice – not the “second quarter of 2009” we’ve been getting so far.

Speaking of Windows Vista SP2 functionality, here are some of the reasons why you should upgrade your operating system once the service pack is made available:
- You will get faster and more relevant searches thanks to Windows Search 4.0.
- Support for the most recent Bluetooth technology via Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack.
- Seamlessly connect to WiFi networks thanks to Windows Connect Now (WCN).
- exFAT file system with UTC timestamp support for correct file synchronization across various time zones.
- Vista SP2 comes with a single installer for Vista and Server 2008, meaning it will be easy to manage, deploy, and support (from an IT pro point of view).
Additional info on what changes Vista SP2 brings to the table is available here.



Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Vista, Service Pack 2, SP2
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