According to a recent filing by the Justice Department, state attorneys and Microsoft exposed the software giant's plans to release a beta version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 later this year.
Information from sources cited by Microsoft Watch
indicate that Vista SP1 will be released in 2008. This is later than the original timeframe at the start of the year.
I guess that legal problems relating to the Windows Vista search function are to blame and have potentially led to delays in the schedule.
Many high profile businesses, including Intel, have said they would wait for the first Service Pack before deploying Vista across their networks. This will undoubtedly hurt Microsoft's bottom line and could do for almost a year.
Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, told Microsoft Watch that "any delay in SP1 will delay commercial rollouts."
Kay went onto say that if Microsoft doesn't deliver SP1 until the first quarter of 2008, early rollouts won't start until the third quarter and mass deployments won't happen until 2009 - a year later than expected.
Of course, this is forgetting the large percentage of end users that don't want to install Vista until after the Service Pack has been deployed. Have you already installed Vista, or are you going to wait until after SP1 has launched? Tell us in the usual place