Microsoft Corp. will release Windows Vista Service Pack (SP1) on Monday, Feb. 4, according to reports Friday from Tech ARP, a Malaysian Web site. Other sources, meanwhile, claimed that Windows Server 2008 will also reach RTM (release to manufacturing) in the coming week. Vista SP1 will make RTM on Monday, said Tech ARP, with computer makers receiving media later in the week to install the updated operating system on new laptops and desktops. Bits will also be posted for download on Monday, the site claimed. “Microsoft will be deploying SP1 in two ‘waves,’” said Tech ARP. The first, on Monday, will include just five of the 36 available language packs — English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The second wave, slated for one to two weeks later, will include all 36 language packs.
Previously, Microsoft has said it would break SP1 into two stand-alone installers for businesses: a 450MB package that includes the five packs, and a 550MB installer that offers three-dozen languages. Both are expected to be available for download from Microsoft’s Web site. SP1 will also be offered to users through Windows Update, Microsoft Update and presumably Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). That update will weigh in at around 65MB. Microsoft explained the smaller size in a change-log posted to its support site: “Windows Update…utilizes an efficient transfer mechanism to download only the actual bytes changed.” I guess the following hours will tell us if this rumour is based on truth or not.
Update: Windows Vista to be released in March
We’ve been hearing rumors all morning that Microsoft would release Vista SP1 this week. Now, Microsoft says SP1 won’t be available to customers until March, starting with Microsoft Volume Licensing customers. Server 2008 will be available for purchase on March 1st.
Source: ComputerWorld, Rlslog, Microsoft