As everyone including Ubuntu’s king Mark Shuttleworth are eagerly waiting for Windows 7, comes news that Microsoft has delayed the released of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista by a month. Microsoft now states that Vista SP2 will be available only in the second-half of 2009.
Microsoft was supposed to deliver its first release candidate to beta testers in February, but now has plans to release it in March. This Release Candidate (RC) is now being referred to as “escrow build” (also means frozen and only bug fixes will be done). Showstopper bugs are supposed to be only fixed and regression is to be avoided. Microsoft has in the past indicated that SP2 is very much an optional install to the OEMs and it wants OEMs to instead move to Windows 7 directly, when its released.
Windows 7 is running pretty much on schedule and we expect it release by early next-year. The RTM for Windows 7 may be out from the Microsoft stable even by the end of this year.
By the way for those wondering what changes SP2 will be bringing to Windows Vista, following are some of the known changes in SP2:
- Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved search
- Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack, the latest Bluetooth spec
- Blu-Ray support to write discs directly for explorer
- Windows Connect Now (WCN) for simpler WiFi configuration
- Content Protection in Windows Media Center
Also on the blocks with Vista SP2 is Windows Server 2008 SP2 which was released with the label SP1. Hoping to see another Windows 7 beta before the Vista SP2 then!!??