Vista SP1 RTM: Start Your Engines
Vista SP1 offers a rollup of fixes and performance enhancements, but the real driver for upgrade may be the halt of new XP sales.Microsoft's Windows Vista Service Pack 1 has hit the RTM milestone, so if you've been waiting for SP1 to begin your organization's move to Vista, now is the time to start turning over your upgrade engines. On the other hand, if the conventional wisdom around the SP1 marker isn't enough to get your Vista testing efforts in gear, Microsoft's planned June 30 halt to sales of shrink-wrapped or OEM copies of Windows XP means that if your company is going to get ahead of Vista, it's now or never. On the whole, Vista Service Pack 1, which becomes generally available in mid-March, is a fairly staid update with very little in the way of new features or cosmetic changes. SP1 consists of a rollup of Vista's first year of security and bug fixes, new support for a handful of emerging hardware and software standards, and an update to Vista's kernel and core systems that brings the operating system in line with Windows Server 2008, which was also recently released to manufacturing. SP1 also features a handful of performance improvements around file copy operations, which I was able to confirm during my tests in our lab.