Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/20/vista_sp2_beta_coming_soon/

Vista SP2 beta could land within next four weeks

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By Kelly Fiveash

Posted in Operating Systems, 20th October 2008 12:11 GMT

Updated Microsoft is readying Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) and will hand it over to beta testers within the next month.

According to Neowin.net, which quotes an MS tipster, betas will be available to a closed group of guinea pigs – though not to the general public – in about four weeks.

Windows Search 4 will reportedly be included in Vista SP2. Bluetooth wireless and VIA 64-bit CPU support will also be crammed into the release that will come with additional application compatibility updates.

Neowin also claimed that a beta of Server 2008 SP2 should arrive in about the same timeframe, and that private testers have already been invited to grapple with the beta.

The build is expected to include better manageability features with the DFS/FRS console, print server and spooler performance improvements and backwards compatibility with Terminal Services licensing keys.

Meanwhile, Microsoft will be brushing Vista under the carpet and lifting the lid on its next major operating system release – Windows 7 – at its Professional Developers' Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles next week.

El Reg asked Microsoft if it could confirm the betas would land for hardcore testers within the next month. However, at time of writing it is yet to return our request for comment. ®

Update

Microsoft has since been in touch with this vague statement:

"Microsoft is working on a second service pack for Windows Vista (Windows Vista SP2) and Windows Server 2008 (Windows Server 2008 SP2).

"Service packs are part of the traditional software lifecycle – they're something we create for all Microsoft products as part of our commitment to continuous improvement – and, as is standard, Microsoft is continuously having conversations with key stakeholders, prior to broadly distributing test builds. We will share more details in the coming months."