On Tuesday, Microsoft announced
that it has released Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) to manufacturing.
The new service pack, combined for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, will be released sometime in Q2 2009, Microsoft indicated. Highlights of the changes, many of which have already been delivered separately, include:
- Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches
- 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 synchronization across time zones.
Microsoft has a more detailed look at the changes in a "notable changes document
" on TechNet.
Microsoft also used the blog post announcement to emphasize the benefits of adopting Windows Vista, as the transition to Windows 7 will be, as Microsoft said, "more straightforward."
Business customers with Windows Vista will find that the transition from Windows Vista to Windows 7 will be significantly more straightforward due to the high degree of compatibility between Windows Vista and Windows 7. If your Windows Vista SP1 deployment is already underway we recommend you continue with SP1 as planned. Then you can deploy SP2 using your systems management infrastructure. If you are in the early stages of deployment or still planning Windows Vista deployment our best advice is that you plan on testing and deploying Windows Vista SP2.
At the same time, Microsoft said it has removed the Windows Vista SP1 Service Pack Blocker Tool, and that for customers who previously had the blocker tool in place, Windows Vista SP1 will now be offered to them via Windows Update.