already tried some previous Betas of Microsoft's upcoming Service Pack 1 for
Windows Vista on several PCs and while it (still) works fine on my Media Center,
it had some trouble on my Notebook.
If you haven't heard about it so far, Windows Vista SP1 is an update to today's
Windows Vista that, along with improvements delivered to users via other
channels, addresses feedback from Microsoft customers. In addition to previously
released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific
reliability, performance and compatibility issues, supporting new types of
hardware and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also continues
to improve upon the IT administration experience. Unlike Windows XP's SP2,
Windows Vista's SP1 is not intended to be a vehicle for releasing new features;
however some existing components do gain slightly enhanced functionality in SP1.
While SP1 contains valuable updates to Windows, organizations don't need to
wait to deploy and can experience the improved security, management and
deployment benefits of Windows Vista today.
Currently, Microsoft is targeting a RTM release in Q1-08, depending on
customer feedback and the quality of the beta. The SP1 RC was released to the
15k Beta Testers on Microsoft Connect and on Thursday, December 6, the RC was
made available via MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Furthermore, Microsoft plans to
release the SP1 RC bits to the public on TechNet anytime next week.
SP1 is going to be released in two waves. The initial release of SP1 will
include 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese). The second
release containing all 36 basic languages will occur afterwards.