False alarm: No broader Vista SP1 beta ... yet

False alarm: No broader Vista SP1 beta ... yet

Summary: Microsoft quietly released on November 2 a preview of the near-final Release Candidate (RC) version of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 and made it available for download by all Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers.


(Note: This post was updated Friday evening to correct availability information around the Windows Vista SP1 preview.)

Microsoft posted to its Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) site on November 2 a note saying the company had made available for download a preview of the near-final Release Candidate (RC) version of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 via MSDN.

Microsoft broadens Vista test programBut the note was posted in error. According to a message from a Vista spokeswoman:

"The MSDN notice about a Windows Vista SP1 RC Preview was posted mistakenly. No code was released today and the MSDN notice has since been removed from the MSDN site. We do expect to issue a Release Candidate for SP1 and are still on target to deliver the RTM in Q1 of CY2008; however, we have no other news to share at this time. "

While the code isn't yet available, the erroneous posting means -- to this Microsoft watcher, at least -- that the broader SP1 beta is imminent. Perhaps we'll see the code next week.... Microsoft won't say, however.

Vista SP1 is slated to remedy a number of reliability and performance issues which have plagued Vista users since Microsoft delivered the operating system late last year. SP1 also includes a couple of new features, including support for new hardware and emerging standards.

Microsoft made a closed test build of Vista SP1 available to about 12,000 testers in late September.

SP1 is slated to be released in final form in the first calendar quarter of 2008. Microsoft announced in late October that it has sold 88 million copies of Vista (to its channel partners) to date.

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows


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).

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  • SP1 Won't Fix MS or Vista

    Although, all in all, I hold out more hope for Vista than MS. The days of massive operating systems are quickly coming to a close.


    Vista is the wrong product at the wrong time and an SP isn't going to fix that. The majority of users just don't need the upscale hardware Vista needs. Unless you've got a reason, commodity desktops will be able to function quite well without Vista or MS.
    • "Upscale hardware"

      Well, let's see. The Powerspec B600 has just been discontinued, and I picked up two for $350--and they run Vista Business *with* Aero Glass.

      The B600's replacement is the B605, which retails at $550--with 2GB of RAM.

      Upscale? Perhaps if your standard of comparison is a Kaypro II with 64K of memory and 2 floppy drives with a whopping 191k apiece... (laughing hysterically)
    • I'll be shocked...

      ...if they can enhance Vista's performance to the level it needs to be. I'm running it with a dual core and 2GB, and it is still painfully sluggish. It's been my experience that it's nearly impossible to fix bloated code.
      Michael Of Atlanta
  • I don't need the overhead of the DRM

    I don't need Microsoft to manage "my" Digital Rights. I don't need all the pork build into the OS. Microsoft is more than capable to build a lean OS with modular plug-ins for users want them. BIG brother I do not want. I agree with the previous posters SP-1 is not going to amount to a whole lot of Beans. As to the 88 million copies of Vista out there, a consumer does not have the option of XP. More than 80% in my estimation are seeking to install another OS with varying success and frustration. Microsoft will pay a price for this although the tariff is not yet clear.