Vista PCs running the Ultimate edition in English, French, German, Japanese or Spanish will get the service pack first.
Users running Windows Vista Ultimate in any language other than English,
French, German, Japanese or Spanish will not be getting Service Pack 1 when it
is first released.
Microsoft is now planning to release Vista SP1 in two waves: First, Vista
PCs running the Ultimate edition in English, French, German, Japanese and
Spanish will get the service pack, followed by a second wave supporting the
other 31 languages, Nick White, a product manager, said in a post to the Windows Vista team blog.
SP1 for Vista Ultimate will also only be delivered over Windows Update as
well as via a stand-alone installer when it is made available in these two
waves. If a user tries to install SP1 on a Vista Ultimate machine set for a
language other than the first five supported, the result will be an error
This delay apparently only affects Vista Ultimate, the most expensive
edition of the operating system, although Microsoft said the week of Feb. 25 it
was slashing the price of the boxed, retail version of Vista
in the United States and in 70 other countries around the world.
The price cuts go into effect when Vista SP1 ships. In the United
States, the cost of Vista Ultimate has been
slashed some 20 percent, or $80, to $319, while the upgrade price dropped $40
to a price of $219.
But the price cuts are even more significant in other countries, like the United
Kingdom, where the price for the full
version of Vista Ultimate has been slashed almost 44 percent, or 101.68 British
pounds ($202), to 131.92 pounds ($262).
Vista SP1 is also extremely important to Microsoft
fixes some of the many issues users have been having with the operating system
and that have tarnished its image in the market.
In fact, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told
eWEEK in a recent interview that the company had made a lot of progress with Windows Vista,
especially on the SP1
"I think SP1 is a major milestone, and a lot of the work on
compatibility has come via the work of third-party ISVs and hardware vendors.
But I think Windows Vista SP1 will be a kind of milepost that people will use
to see where we are with it now," Ballmer said.
Meanwhile, White's post tells those Ultimate users who will have to wait
longer for SP1, "not to worry-the Language Packs are on their way.
We will have more information on exactly when very shortly, so stay