Well, Microsoft kinda lied.
Turns out Service Pack 1 of Windows Vista is coming earlier than Microsoft said it would. Microsoft had said before it would not ship a beta of SP1 until the end of the year, but Mary Jo Foley reports that the truth is that the beta will be delivered sometime next week! That’s just great news, and it should lead to the final shipping version of SP1 in November, alongside Windows Server 2008.
Since many businesses are waiting for Vista to get a Service Pack before they trust it, releasing it side-by-side with Server 2008 means they can seriously think about adopting the whole platform at the same time. It could be a major boost for enterprise Vista adoption rates.
Vista SP1 will include promised revisions to the desktop search integration, that allow competing programs to take Vista search’s place, improved performance for file copying (thank god!), improved shut down time, as well as:
- Improved transfer performance and decreased CPU utilization via support for SD Advanced Direct Memory Access (DMA)
- Support for ExFat, the Windows file format for flash memory storage and other consumer devices
- Improvements to BitLocker Drive Encryption to allow not just encryption of the whole Vista volume, but also locally created data volumes
- The ability to boot Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) on an x64 machine
- Improved success rate for firewalled MeetingSpace and Remote Assistance connections