SP1 brings improvements in reliability and performance

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-02-04 Print this article Print


"With Service Pack 1, we have made great progress in performance, reliability and compatibility ... I've personally been running Windows Vista SP1 pretty exclusively for a few months and I've noticed that my systems run faster and more reliably than they did with the 'Gold' release of Windows Vista," Nash said.

He also acknowledged that Vista users had experienced trouble finding applications that worked well on Windows Vista as well as finding the right device drivers for some of the hardware devices that they used.  

Vista had made progress on the application and device compatibility front, with 98 of the top-selling 100 applications now having versions available for Windows Vista, while there are 78,000 devices and components supported by Windows Update, up from about 34,000 in November 2006.   

"As a result, we have licensed over 100 million copies of Windows Vista to date," Nash said.  

SP1 brings improvements in the reliability and performance of Vista , as well as changes such as speeding up everyday processes like copying or moving files around a PC, home or corporate network.  

"Our internal tests found that his could be as much as 50 percent faster in some scenarios, while resuming a Windows Vista-based PC from sleep is also faster with Service Pack 1," Nash said.  

Many business are hopeful that Vista SP1 will deliver the improvements Microsoft has been promising.  

OEM partners will be among the first to get SP1 so that new PCs will be able to ship with Vista SP1 pre-installed, while a retail version of Vista with SP1 will be available in stores for new customers in the coming months.   

Windows Vista SP1 will be made available in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese by mid-March, with the remaining languages being released to manufacturing in April.  

"While Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is an important milestone, we will continue to invest in the continuous improvement process," Nash said.  

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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