A number of Web sites are reporting the release of Microsoft Vista Service Pack 2 updates and for Windows Server 2008, even as Microsoft officially announced updates to Windows 7 Beta. The Vista SP2 updates will enhance not only hardware and software aspects but also tweak a few Windows enterprise features.
officially announced updates to Windows 7 Beta, even as several Web sites
trumpeted the issuing of a Release Candidate Build of Service Pack 2 for Windows
Vista and Windows Server 2008.
The updates to Windows 7 Beta will begin on Feb. 24. Five
are planned. However, the updates will not deliver any new features, nor fix
any existing issues or change the user experience.
"We do typically
verify update scenarios during a beta, and releasing these test updates will
help ensure that when we need to release real updates, the process will run
smoothly," said a post on the Microsoft Update Product Team Blog. "These
updates test the Windows 7 servicing infrastructure."
been busily tweaking Windows 7 Beta, including
a number of security fixes.
The new operating
system has been trumpeted as an improvement over the much-maligned Vista, and
includes new features that will likely appeal to enterprise users, including
BranchCache file caching and DirectAccess
At the same time,
numerous Web sites are reporting that Windows has issued, to Microsoft Connect
testers, the Release Candidate Build 6002.16670.090130
Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
According to the Web
site Ars Technica, Service Pack 2 will enhance certain aspects of the hardware
ecosystem, including Wi-Fi performance and the ability to record data to
Blu-Ray. It will also update the operating-system experience with features such
as the addition of a registry key that allows the user to adjust the number of
open TCP connections.
enterprise, Server Pack 2 will offer a handful of tweaks, including a boost in authentication
options for WebDAV redirector, and Hyper-V integrated into Windows Server 2008.
In addition, Service Pack 2 reportedly encompasses 691