Vista Service Pack 1 details

Microsoft today released details about the upcoming first service pack (SP1) for Vista. They say it features security upgrades, improved performance, and support for emerging (read: new) hardware and standards.

It doesn’t look like it will be released to the general public yet, but only to a moderate sized audience. They say it will be available in the first quarter of 2008. Here’s what Nick White, a MS program manager said about the release:

“A small group of testers has been putting a preview of the SP1 Beta through its paces to help prepare for broader release,” as he wrote in a Wednesday blog post. “We made the choice to start with a very small group of testers because we think it’s better for both our customers and for Microsoft to keep the beta program small at the start.”

And added:

“A later pre-release of SP1 will be available to a larger group of testers via MSDN and TechNet subscribers.”

Additionally, Vista SP1 will be available in three forms: express, stand-alone, and slipstream. For more details on SP1, go here.

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