Microsoft has announced that its Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has reached the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) phase and detailed the changes contained within the update.
Headlining the changes for the enterprise is the decision to fully integrate Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualisation environment into Windows Server 2008. The standard edition of Server 2008 receives one free instance, enterprise edition gets four free instances and Server 2008 Datacenter has an unlimited number of Hyper-V instances.
For Windows Vista, new features include the ability to record to Blu-ray natively, an improved Wi-Fi configuration and resumption of Wi-Fi connections from sleep mode, and updated Windows Search.
SP2 also allows the use of the exFAT filesystem to support UTC timestamps, thus allowing correct file synchronisation across time zones, and the Windows Vista SP1 blocker tool will be removed from today, according to a Windows Blog post.
Microsoft TechNet stated that the download for an up-to-date PC would be 43MB with different architectures and language packs taking a stand-alone update package's size up to 622MB.
Server Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are expected to arrive on Windows Update sometime this quarter.