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 PostPost subject: Windows Vista SP1 Beta - Mid July        Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 10:00 pm 
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It’s official: We are now in the under-promise and over-deliver era at Microsoft.

Just when Microsoft had customers, partners and competitors all believing that it was going to delay the first service pack for Vista — not releasing a first beta of it until just before year-end — the company is set to deliver Beta 1 of Vista SP1 in mid-July.

Word is Microsoft is gearing up to drop Vista SP1 some time the week of July 16. And despite what Microsoft seemingly led Google, the U.S. Department of Justice and other company watchers to believe, the final version of Vista SP1 is sounding like November 2007.

(November 2007 is also the release-to-manufacturing target for Windows Server 2008, sources say. Microsoft won’t provide an RTM date for Windows Server 2008, other than to say it is still on track to RTM before the end of 2007.)

If Vista SP1 is released in November, the Windows client team will be sticking to a schedule company officials outlined a year ago, when the official plan of record was to release Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn Server) simultaneously.

Another observation: If Microsoft releases Vista SP1 in November, it will have been in beta for an unusually short four months. In the past, Microsoft Windows service packs could be in beta for a year or longer.

Microsoft officials have been wavering over what to say about SP1 for the past year. Throughout that time, a number of company execs wouldn’t even admit they were planning to release a service pack for Vista at all.

Microsoft’s Windows client team, under Director of Windows Engineering Steven Sinofsky, has adopted a much more restrictive information-flow policy. Instead of over-promising and under-delivering, Sinofsky wants the client team to do the opposite. To achieve this, the client team is attempting to institute Apple-like secrecy over anything pertaining to future Windows client directions.

There was a tiny chink in the Windows organization’s armor in June, when Microsoft agreed to Google’s demand that it alter its desktop-search functionality, seemingly to head off another potential antitrust suit. In late June, the Redmondians said they’d have a Beta 1 version of SP1 (which would include alterations to Vista’s search) before the end of calendar 2007. They declined to provide a date for the final Vista SP1 release.


History aside, what’s on tap to be part of Vista SP1?

Microsoft is expected to emphasize that SP1 is more about fixes than new features. Most of the elements of SP1 are expected to enhance or supplment features that are already part of Vista, sources said.

In addition to desktop-search modifications, here’s a list of other fixes likely to make it in:

    - Performance tweaks lessening the amount of time it takes to copy files and shut down Vista machines (Yeah, I know Microsoft said Viista shutdown speed wasn’t an issue. Guess users weren’t so crazy, after all.)

    - Improved transfer performance and decreased CPU utilization via support for SD Advanced Direct Memory Access (DMA)

    - Support for ExFat, the Windows file format for flash memory storage and other consumer devices

    - Improvements to BitLocker Drive Encryption to allow not just encryption of the whole Vista volume, but also locally created data volumes

    - The ability to boot Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) on an x64 machine

    - Improved success rate for firewalled MeetingSpace and Remote Assistance connections


Source: ZDNet

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:29 am 
Can't wait for this! Hopefully now the Windows division will kind of be like Apple. Little releases that seem to come out of nowhere with some new features. This seems muc hmore useful than anything XP SP1 and SP2 brought to the table.

BTW, are there any advantages to ExFAT besides being Windows-only (not that it's an advantage...)


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I can't wait either. Hopefully it's faster than the original release. :D

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:50 am 
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i can't not wait to test this they need to hurry up


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:52 am 
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ExFAT? Remind me again why removable devices (or is that just floppies) can't use NTFS.. It's not like there's any technical barrier. This "ExFAT" had better support permissions (cross-system permissions? could be interesting) and some of the other things NTFS brings to the table.


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ExFAT? Remind me again why removable devices (or is that just floppies) can't use NTFS.. It's not like there's any technical barrier. This "ExFAT" had better support permissions (cross-system permissions? could be interesting) and some of the other things NTFS brings to the table.

Removable devices (at least pen drives) can use NTFS.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:27 am 
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its out now apparently. Just got this email:

Microsoft Email wrote:
A new beta WDK build is now available for download on Connect. This WDK beta release to Connect coincides with the recent OS beta release for Vista SP1 Preview. Please take a few moments to install the new build and test as applicable for your needs. As always, please file bugs as quickly and detailed as possible.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:59 am 
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its out now apparently. Just got this email:

Microsoft Email wrote:
A new beta WDK build is now available for download on Connect. This WDK beta release to Connect coincides with the recent OS beta release for Vista SP1 Preview. Please take a few moments to install the new build and test as applicable for your needs. As always, please file bugs as quickly and detailed as possible.

but i cant seem to find it


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:04 am 
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neither could I. In fact, i haven't heard anything about it apart from this email.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:48 am 
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The latest from MS on this issue:

MS email wrote:
Apologies All, We made a typo in the last notification that went that referenced the wrong OS. We didn't mean to imply or cause any confusion on the availability of the Service Pack for Vista. The WDK build available now on connect is the latest for Windows Server 2008.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:32 am 
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The latest from MS on this issue:

MS email wrote:
Apologies All, We made a typo in the last notification that went that referenced the wrong OS. We didn't mean to imply or cause any confusion on the availability of the Service Pack for Vista. The WDK build available now on connect is the latest for Windows Server 2008.

I got that too. well, microsoft does things that I do, write and publish it. Just forget about proofreading, it's lame. Well thats how all these confidential things leak to the web.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:12 pm 
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XDude wrote:
Well thats how all these confidential things leak to the web.


that's true :lol:

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:19 am 
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Here is the file name that is connect 6001.16549.070628-1825-WDKSP1_EN and in the Release Notes they talk about vista sp1


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:17 am 
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this is the Windows Driver Kit.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:07 am 
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Today is friday and these's no sign that SP1 will be release this week.
Rumors are always fun, well there's still the night for ms.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:22 pm 
There is a new SP1 for vista.

New Build of Vista SP1

Version 6.0.6001.16633

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The latest Vista SP1 beta release is build 6.0.6001.16633 (longhorn.070803-1655), according to Mary Jo Foley. Outside of the build number there is actually very scarce information available about this release. Undoubtedly, as the fresh Vista SP1 version will be dropped in the laps of more and more users additional details will leak. The previous release of the service pack made it clear that leaks are inherent, as Windows Omerta is not in effect outside of Redmond. One aspect seems to be clear though, the new pre-beta build of Vista SP1 is a standalone .EXE installer.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:12 pm 
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I already posted this 2 days ago

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:05 pm 
Do you have any screenshot yet of the latest build ? What does change from the older version?


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