The long-awaited Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will be available for users to download in mid-March.
In SP1, Microsoft addresses many of the key issues surrounding the overall quality and performance of Windows Vista. It addresses many key customer frustrations including quality, infrastructure optimisation, and adds support for new technologies and standards.
Microsoft SA’s Colin Erasmus says that steady improvements have already been evident through ongoing Windows Updates, in response to customer feedback. “We’re looking forward to providing a faster, more reliable version of Windows Vista to the marketplace,” he says.
"Our servicing model was developed to ensure quality releases and provide continual improvements that address our customers’ needs. Simply put, Windows Vista today is much better than the version we originally shipped over a year ago and will continue to improve. There has never been a better time to upgrade to Windows Vista.”
The updates to SP1 fall into three categories:
* Category 1: Quality improvements. Since the initial introduction of Windows Vista, there’s been progress across areas like Device Compatibility, Application Compatibility, Reliability, Performance, Security, and Battery Life. The PC ecosystem has made dramatic progress: more than 2 500 applications and more than 17 000 components and devices have earned either the Works with Windows Vista or Certified for Windows Vista logo.
* Category 2: Infrastructure optimisation improvements. These are largely technical changes that will make it easier for corporate IT managers and power users to configure, manage and deploy Windows Vista.
* Category 3: Support for new technologies and standards. The Service Pack includes support for a number of emerging technologies and standards that are beginning to gain in importance. The service pack adds support for new technologies like the new exFAT file system that improves the capacity and speed of flash-based devices, support for upcoming direct 3D 10.1 graphics card, and UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) which will sustain innovation by our hardware partners.