Vista SP2 to land in April 2009-ish?
RTM date leaked on interwebs
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) looks set to hit manufacturers in April next year.
According to Malaysian website TechARP.com, which has been rather good at playing the Microsoft release guessing game with both XP SP3 and Vista SP1, the operating system’s next service pack will land in April 2009.
Microsoft spat out a beta of Vista SP2 in late October. At the time the firm’s Windows product veep Mike Nash said that the final release-to-manufacturers (RTM) date would not be announced until the company is satisfied with customer and partner feedback.
TechARP, which quoted a confidential source, reckoned Microsoft plans to deliver Vista SP2 by the first half of its fiscal 2009, in other words by the end of April next year.
Bundled into the new release will be support for “new types of hardware and several emerging standards.”
Microsoft has already provided details of some new features in the next service pack for the unloved OS.
It will include Windows Search 4.0, the Bluetooth 2.1 feature pack, the ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media "natively" in Vista, a simplified tool for configuring Wi-Fi, and the exFAT file system will be able to support Coordianted Universal Time (UTC) timestamps.
The software giant won’t be revealing anything to World+Dog about the upcoming release until February next year, according to the source.
Meanwhile, here's Microsoft's official word on Vista SP2:
"The final release date for Windows Vista SP2 will be based on quality. So we'll track customer and partner feedback from the beta program before setting a final date for the release."
Interestingly, Microsoft seems to be in a hurry with this release especially given how much it procrastinated over XP SP3, which finally landed nearly four years after XP SP2.
By contrast, manufacturers got their mitts on Vista SP1 in February this year.
But we wouldn't want to suggest that this is Microsoft's last ditch attempt to flog a few more copies of Vista before its successor Windows 7 arrives, now would we? ®
UAC asks you once, and once only. It is so much like the way Ubuntu works that I was taken aback when I stuck said distro on a laptop, and yet no-one whines about how "intrusive" being required to re-enter your password to use sudo to do any admin is.
Backward compatibility is tricky. Lots of things don't work on Vista because they used the insecurity of previous versions of Windows - assuming the user had write access to parts of the registry and file system that they shouldn't that there is a balancing act between backward compatibility and improving security.
MS and Quality
It's been said before and I'll say it again M$ wouldn't know a quality product if it hit them in the face or at least one that's fully backword compatibly with previous releases.
I mean sure Visat looks sexy and nice but I don't want that I just want Functional, that and the UAC can be a bit tedious at times...
Are you sure you want to do that?(y/N)
Are you REALLY sure you want to?(y/N)
Now think about this, are you Absolutly SURE that you want to this?(y/N)
I personally don't care how great DX 10 looks, it's just a framework of function translational calls so programmers just make calls to those "api functions" and they are translated down I can remember when you had to tell a game what graphics card type and sound card type you had so it could load the appropriate "driver" to run it, mind you back then they could actually write code. I wonder how "optimised" DX10 is and how hard it would really be to put some of it in DX9
This title is pro MS
All you haters, a lovely pic of Bill smiling.. To the guy who has BSODs with Vista, but never with XP: Yea, no, sorry, I don't believe you. I have Vista SP1 on my gaming (Bioshock, Fallout3, Oblivion, Crysis etc), video watching desktop at home (plugged into HDTV), and on my office based laptop (basic websurfing, email, 3D creation / rendering, video editing etc) and have yet to encounter a BSOD since SP1 (course, Fallout3 and Oblivion crash sometimes, but I think that's more to do with the games - a quick reboot and all is well again).
- Killing standards (Apple has one, Unix a million)
- Strong arming competitors out of business (Apple has one - Unix... see above)
- Pushing DRM on users (yea, it's bad, lucky Apple don't do it)
- Customer lock in with proprietary file formats (uh, like Apple)
- Intentionally breaking technology so competitors are not able to compete. (lucky Apple, no competitors)
- Steve Ballmer's monkey dance (Steve Jobs is fugly - /jk)
- Overinflated prices for buggy beta quality software (usually servicepack 2 should have been the first stable release). (Apple = overinflated prices for buggy hardware, luckily their buggy software is free)
- Falsely accusing customers of having a pirated Windows copy (WGA) (+1)
- Forcing unwanted software 'updates' or disguising it as a critical patch (WGA). (yea, bastards! trying to sort their software out post release)
- Holding back technology for 20 years to make a buck. (ok, not sure what you mean here)
- Having to reboot your windows box if you fart. (an exaggeration, +1 FTW)
- Somehow needing a GUI, 12GB of diskspace and same amount of RAM on a box that only run a webserver. (or, you know, decent games)
- Not being able to produce a native SSH service (for free). (+1)
- Not understanding basic computer security, but somehow slapping it on top of the OS as an afterthought. (+1)
- Not being able to play nice with any non-MS technology and standards. (so what you're saying: Unix and all its many, many variants are for techtards, Macs are for fashiontards, windows are for everyone else. You win 4 points.
Have a nice day. Please don't take offense at the above comments. I actually partially agree, and think Win7 is actually what Vista was supposed to be but they ran out of time.