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15,000 testers get Vista SP1

Microsoft is betting that the new Service Pack for Vista will help the beleagured Operating System live up to its WOW hype.

In an interview with Ina Fried of CNet, Microsoft's Corporate (opens in new tab) Vice President, Mike Nash, agreed that a non-negligeable portion of early Windows Vista users have been plagued by a number of issues which he hopes will be resolved by SP1.

The release candidate (opens in new tab) of Vista SP1, which marks the last step before it is sent out to Vista users, has been released to 15,000 preselected vetted testers through Microsoft's Connect test site.

SP1 is said to be on target for a Q1 2008 release, more than a year after Vista has been released.

Nick White from (opens in new tab) has given a few more details about some udpates that will be bundled in SP1. These include improvement to the system compatibility, reliabilty and stability with regards to mobile devices and the use of Wireless Network services.

There's also a patch to alter the USB core components which affects systems returning from sleep or hibernation, fixing problems causing 1-2% of all crashes reported.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.