Vista Service Pack 1
- Expect Vista Service Pack 1 during the first quarter of 2008, but that date might change based on beta testing.
- It is not designed to significantly change the UI or cause regressions in application compatibility
- It will be around 50mb in size
- In addition to bug and performances fixes, updates already released through the Download Center and Windows Update, other additional support contains:
- can now boot via EFI onan X64 machine
- support ExFAT, which is a new file format for flash memory storage
- support for SD Advanced DMA Support, to improve transfer performance and decrease CPU utilization
- includes support for SSTP – Secure Sockets Tunnel Protocol for VPN tunneling
- Better BitLocker Drive Encryption to also encrypt any or all locally created data volume ( ie – not only the c:, but also d:, e:, etc)
- better printer management within a Terminal Server session
- an update to Disk Defragmenter to control which volumes get defragmented.
- SP1 will be released in two waves: support for English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. Then, about 3 months later, a service pack containing all 36 languages will be released
XP Service Pack 3
- They are targeting the first half of 2008 for SP3.
- It will include security updates and hotfixes. There are no new features in Windows XP SP3, with the exception of Network Access Protection, which is a capability in Windows Vista that is only being made available on Windows XP SP3, and will require Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008
- targeted to RTM first quarter 2008. Look for a joint Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008 launch on February 27 in Los Angeles