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Microsoft releases Windows Vista Service Pack 2 beta this week

Antony Savvas

Microsoft is releasing the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 beta to a select group of testers this Wednesday (29 October).

"As part of the development and testing process, we are going to start by providing a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers with Windows Vista SP2 Beta for evaluation," said Vista development head Mike Nash in a blog.

"The final release date for Windows Vista SP2 will be based on quality. So we will track customer and partner feedback from the beta program before setting a final date for the release," he said.

Windows Vista SP2 Beta contains previously released fixes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues.

"We expect Windows Vista SP2 will retain compatibility with applications that run on Windows Vista and Windows Vista SP1 and are written using public APIs," Nash reassured users.

The improvements are integrated into a single service pack covering both the Windows Vista client version and Windows Server 2008. This should minimise deployment and testing complexity for customers.

Vista SP2 features

  • Windows Vista SP2 adds Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches.
  • Windows Vista SP2 contains the Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology.
  • Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista.
  • Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration.
  • Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronisation across time zones.

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