After months of all but denying the existence of Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Microsoft has finally gone public with a timetable and feature set for the awaited update. A beta for 10,000-plus testers starts in two weeks. The final SP1 ship target is Q1 2008.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
I'm wondering, which was delayed first: Windows Server 2008 or Vista Service Pack 1 -- which also is due to RTM in Q1 2008. Earlier this summer, Microsoft told selected testers it was planning to release to manufacturing both Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 in November 2007.
Microsoft provided an update on the timing for Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 on August 29. A widescale beta kicks off in two weeks. Final availability is still slated for some time in the first half of 2008.
The glitch in Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) system that affected an estimated 12,000 users over the August 24-25 weekend was due to "human error," according to a new August 28 blog posting by WGA Senior Product Manager Alex Kochis.
Microsoft quietly released two mega-hotfix packs for Windows Vista via Windows Update on August 28.
It took the Free Software Foundation almost two months. But the organization has finally issued an official statement regarding Microsoft's claim that it won't be bound by terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 in its patent-protection deals with various open-source vendors. Not surprisingly, he FSF says Microsoft's claims are bogus.
On August 27, Microsoft shared a bit more information on the worldwide outage that affected Windows XP and Vista users attempting to prove they were running non-pirated versions of Windows using Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) system. But there's still no word on how and why WGA failed -- and what Microsoft plans to do to insure a similar outage doesn't reoccur.
Today's Microsoft Codename of the day: Blue. If you guessed "Blue" might have something to do with "cloud," you're seemingly on the right track.
Just because Microsoft's "Get the Facts" site has been replaced with a supposedly less vitriolic "/Compare" one doesn't mean that Microsoft-commissioned studies are a thing of the past. In fact, on August 27, Microsoft released two brand-new studies -- one on SharePoint and one on OOXML -- both ordered and paid for by the company.
Stirling is the codename for Microsoft's next-gen version of its Forefront enterprise security products. Microsoft revealed the codename in the summer of 2007, but the deliverables aren't set to begin shipping until 2009.