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Microsoft goes Service Pack crazy

Microsoft goes Service Pack crazy

Vista, Office 2007 and even XP get service packs in the next few months! Woohoo!

Microsoft has announced the dates for availability of Office 2007 Service Pack 1 and for the public beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

Office 2007 is due to get a shot in the arm on Tuesday 11th December. Although Microsoft is keeping exact details of the contents of the Service Pack a closely guarded secret (because we love installing unknown executables to do unspecified things, don't you know?) fixes are thought to include improved backwards compatibility with older Office file formats, better documentation for Object Model coders, enhanced support for Visual Studio Tools for Office v3.0, and support for the .NET Framework v3.5.

Possibly the only visible change for your average office user is a rumoured 'upgrade' to the animated text facility in PowerPoint 2007.

To allay corporate fears over installing a Service Pack without proper testing, Microsoft will not be deploying Office 2007 SP1 via Automatic Updates; this will be a strictly manual install.

For those of you who like your Microsoft products to be on the real bleeding edge, or possibly if you're just stuck with Vista and want to iron out some of the more obnoxious bugs, the Release Candidate version of Vista Service Pack 1 will be available in this coming week from the Microsoft Download Center.

This beta release will allow members of the public a chance to trial the fixes and features introduced in SP1 ahead of the official release next year. Bugs hopefully quashed by the überpatch include a fix for the oft-encountered problems with sleep mode, improvements to the bandwidth-killing CIFS implementation, support for the new exFAT filesystem, and a new Secure Socket Tunnelling Protocol for use with virtual private networks.

As with prior Windows Service Packs, the final version of SP1 will be rolled out via Automatic Updates. Microsoft has said it will be making a 'blocking' utility available for customers who would prefer a choice over when such a major update is ready for installation, as it did for Windows XP SP2.

A note for those who are counting the days 'till they can get their mitts on the SP1 Release Candidate: Microsoft has confirmed that you will need to uninstall SP1 RC1 before you'll be able to upgrade to the official version when it's released.

Those of you still using Windows XP will have more of a wait on their hands; Microsoft has scheduled the performance-enhancing Service Pack 3 for Windows XP Home and Professional for mid-2008, a far cry from the original release date of late 2007, even though there have been betas out in the wild for some time.

Will you be installing Vista SP1 RC? Are you a 'select' customer or MSDN subscriber and already have it installed? Let us know via the forums.

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<A88> 7th December 2007, 11:22 Quote
Hopefully the Office 07 SP will fix the bug which stops me from deleting any notebooks, thus leaving me with about 3 copies of the same ones after moving them to a new location! Will look forward to the Vista SP as well though- it should bring it closer to XP in terms of stability and performance, and give me a few more laptop minutes :).

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leexgx 7th December 2007, 13:32 Quote
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it should bring it closer to XP in terms of stability and performance

in XP SP3 that pack is due to have faster boot times then XP SP2,
vista patch will just make the system more stable, bug fix's (copying large files), performace will most likey be the same
Leitchy 7th December 2007, 13:41 Quote
My annoyance with VIsta is it takes so long to copy files from a to b compared to XP. Hopefully that will be fixed with SP1!
yakyb 7th December 2007, 14:56 Quote
exfat seems like good news hopefully ill be able to pick up Vista with Sp1 OEM in feb in time for my new comp
Breach 7th December 2007, 18:59 Quote
I like that XP will be faster. Though I think SP3 is a very quiet admission of failure with Vista, since they weren't going to release any new service packs for XP when Vista came out. Seems kinda odd that SP1 for Vista does nothing for performance...
HourBeforeDawn 7th December 2007, 21:20 Quote
How is that Odd??? lol why do people always seem to forget that their oh so precious windows xp was the same as Vista when it launched but with even more issues, SP1 for XP did little for performance as well was mainly focused at cleaning up the bugs that it had, SP2 for XP improved performance BUT people at the time were so worried about all the copyright protection and "monitoring software" that was rumored and floating around at the time that a lot of people held off from SP2 for a long time before making the switch but anyhow thats all old news, I think Vista is doing a wonderful job for being a new OS, I have had less issues with Vista then I have had with XP when it first came out, but I will admit the real OS Im looking forward to is Vienna. ^_^
capnPedro 9th December 2007, 21:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by TFA
the Release Candidate version of Vista Service Pack 1 will be available in this coming week from the Microsoft Download Center.

This beta release will allow members of the public a chance to trial the fixes and features introduced in SP1 ahead of the official release next year
Eh? I thought it was just public beta...
boiled_elephant 9th December 2007, 21:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
How is that Odd??? lol why do people always seem to forget that their oh so precious windows xp was the same as Vista when it launched but with even more issues, SP1 for XP did little for performance as well was mainly focused at cleaning up the bugs that it had, SP2 for XP improved performance BUT people at the time were so worried about all the copyright protection and "monitoring software" that was rumored and floating around at the time that a lot of people held off from SP2 for a long time before making the switch but anyhow thats all old news, I think Vista is doing a wonderful job for being a new OS, I have had less issues with Vista then I have had with XP when it first came out, but I will admit the real OS Im looking forward to is Vienna. ^_^

Why does choosing to stick with XP for a while longer make people regard me as a luddite? I can't believe how divisive an issue it's become, I never thought my choice of OS would ally me with a side in a near-religious dispute over which is better.
specofdust 9th December 2007, 21:38 Quote
On the downside, Vista really doesn't seem to be a very good OS. Even after the update I won't have a lot of confidence in it.

On the upside, XP seems to be doing great these days. Stable, fairly modifiable, easy to use, stable (I know I said that already, but given it's an MS OS it bears repeating). I actually feel perfectly comfortable these days saying that WinXP SP2 is a stable, decent OS.
Rich_13 9th December 2007, 22:28 Quote
I stick with xp even though I used vista for a long while. If nvidia aren't going to keep updating graphics drivers for the 7xxx go series then my only chance at getting some performance in games is through this OS.

I didn't want to believe it but it is so....
wuyanxu 9th December 2007, 23:02 Quote
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A note for those who are counting the days 'till they can get their mitts on the SP1 Release Candidate: Microsoft has confirmed that you will need to uninstall SP1 RC1 before you'll be able to upgrade to the official version when it's released.
wow, you've saved me a few hours of uninstalling. many thanks.

hope Vista SP1 will make Vista more popular..... by the way, since SP1 brings Dx10.1, when's 9800GTX comming out?
Amon 10th December 2007, 04:14 Quote
Be sure to buy a legit copy before downloading these, guys.
Joeymac 10th December 2007, 07:30 Quote
That's irritating... XP SP3 is going to take another 6 months.
So much for the "release candidate" then. I thought when it was at RC stage, it was basically all done.
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