As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Microsoft.
“Vista SP1 shipped to duplication and OEMs Feb. 4, but since then it has only been available to previous beta testers, volume licensing customers and subscribers to IT subscription services. In fact, subscribers to TechNet and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) only got access to SP1 after raising a ruckus, with some threatening to cancel their subscriptions and others saying they would postpone Vista deployment.”
So what about the rest of us, especially those waiting to get fresh discs with the service pack already applied? Are we doomed to long installs/re-installs and the subsequent updates for months to come? Thankfully the answer to that is a resounding “no.” Our wait will allegedly come to an end on Tuesday the 19th when retailers are expected to release Vista SP1 discs to the masses.