The long-awaited Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) final beta has been made available to the general public and is, according to Microsoft, well on schedule for a Q1 formal release.

In a statement on its website, Microsoft says: "The Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate (RC) is now available to the public. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 contains changes focused on addressing specific reliability and performance issues, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several new technologies. SP1 also addresses some management, deployment, and support challenges."
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