Windows Vista and Server 2008 SP2 Released to Manufacturing
Numerous performance and feature improvements are included in the new update to be released publicly in Q2.Microsoft announced on Tuesday the release to manufacturing of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. This is a unified service pack with a single installer for both platforms, simplifying deployment. General availability of this service pack is expected in Q2 of 2009. The notable changes in this release, described in more detail in this Technet document, include:
- Windows Search 4.0, which improves speed and relevance in search results
- Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack with support for the most recent Bluetooth specification
- Write ability on Blu-Ray media natively in Vista
- WCN (Windows Connect Now) for simpler Wi-Fi configuration
- Vista support for the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps for correct file synchronization across time zones.
The service packs also contain a full collection of all security updates and hotfixes to Vista and Windows Server 2008. An Excel spreadsheet containing the full list of these may be downloaded from this Web page.