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Microsoft moves Vista SP1 closer to public release

In what looks to be a very busy end of year, Microsoft has pushed Windows Vista 1 out of Beta into Release Candidate mode.

In doing so, the software maker has also provided with a link where you will find a 0.4MB installer.

The release candidate will certainly attract the attention of enthusiast and system administrators as well who will be able to test Vista to see whether the SP1 delivers the level of stability and performance that many expected Vista would bring forth when it was launched nearly a year ago.

Vista SP1 is one of the three major service packs that Microsoft has lined up for release in the next few weeks. Windows XP SP3 is also a release candidate that is waiting to become public whereas Office 2007 SP1 is already a goer.

Microsoft is aiming for a Q1 2008 release after which it will probably devote more resources to get Windows Server 2008 and Internet Explorer 8 browser out of the door.

The service pack will aim at improving Vista's issues with stability, security and performance.

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.