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Oct 1, 2007

Vista SP1 offers no new features, focuses on OS tweaks, security

Unlike XP’s SP2, this service pack offers mainly under-the-hood changes

Source: ComputerWorld
Written by Preston Gralla

October 01, 2007  (Computerworld) — Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), just delivered to a group of approximately 12,000 beta testers, offers no dramatic interface changes, nor does it add new features to the operating system. Instead SP1 focuses on improving performance, reliability and application compatibility, and it extends support to emerging hardware such as the exFAT file system that will be used by flash memory storage and consumer devices. However, SP1 does change the way Windows search works, allowing third-party programs such as Google Desktop Search to integrate more easily into the operating system. (See Computerworld review.)

Microsoft plans to release the final version of SP1 in the first quarter of 2008.

Those who hoped that SP1 would introduce new features or interface improvements, as was done with Windows XP SP2, will be disappointed. David Zipkin, product manager for Vista SP1, said that the company’s goal has been to focus on operating system improvements rather than on interface changes or new features.

He added that Windows XP SP2 was an anomaly in that it made some significant changes to the way that Windows XP looked and worked. Those changes were made in response to emerging Internet threats, he said. Vista SP1, he said, is a return to a more traditional Microsoft approach towards service packs — that they should focus on performance and reliability rather than on new features.

Many corporate customers appear to be waiting for SP1 to ship before they move to Vista, and when the service pack ships, it may boost Vista’s adoption rate, which many observers have called sluggish.

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