Here it is , everybody was waiting for. Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 has been RTMed. This announcement was made just few minutes ago.
Windows Vista SP1 was RTMed for first set of languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese).
I have been running SP1 RC for quite some time, and I have not faced any problem and in fact my system runs faster on SP1 RC. So I am looking forward to running RTMed version.
Here's the schedule of its availability according to Windows Vista Blog:
- In mid-March, we will release Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Update (in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese) and to the download center on microsoft.com. Customers who visit Windows Update can choose to install Service Pack 1. If Windows Update determines that the system has one of the drivers we know to be problematic, then Windows Update will not offer SP1. Since we know that some customers may want to update to SP1 anyhow, the download center will allow anyone who wants to install SP1 to do so.
- In mid-April, we will begin delivering Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Vista customers who have chosen to have updates downloaded automatically. That said, any system that Windows Update determines has a driver known to not update successfully will not get SP1 automatically. As updates for these drivers become available, they will be installed automatically by Windows Update, which will unblock these systems from getting Service Pack 1. The result is that more and more systems will automatically get SP1, but only when we are confident they will have a good experience.
- The remaining languages will RTM in April.
(Above screenshot is of Windows Vista SP1 RC)
Windows Vista SP1 includes quality improvements that help enhance reliability, security and performance.
Service Pack 1 is a very important milestone because it addresses many of the key issues that customers have identified with Windows Vista over the last year both, directly and through programs like the Customer Experience Improvement Program. With Service Pack 1, great progress in performance, reliability and compatibility have been made.
Windows Server 2008 was also released to manufacturing today and will be available for purchase to new customers on March 1. Microsoft Volume Licensing customers with active Microsoft Software Assurance coverage or an Enterprise Agreement will be able to download the server software toward the end of February as part of the joint Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 “Heroes Happen Here” launch event.
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