Microsoft could be releasing the second service pack for Microsoft Windows Vista very soon after reports that the release candidate milestone was released to Microsoft Connect testers.
Ars Technica which reported the news said that the testing of Windows Vista SP2 RC build 6002.16670.090130 could be extended to a bigger audience of testers by using the Windows Update site.
Microsoft initially made the beta version of Vista SP2 available in October 2008 to a small group of testers and to a wider Vista audience in December 2008; the final version could well be out by the end of March 2009.
In addition to the content already present in SP1, SP2 will include nearly 700 hotfixes as well as a number of features that should help improve Vista's overall performance.
Amongst the most talked about additions are the ability to record data to Blu-ray media, better Wi-Fi performance, the ability to alter the number of open TCP connections and an updated version of Windows Search 4.0.
Of course, Microsoft is also concurrently preparing the realise of Windows Server 2008 SP2 in various flavours, Windows Mobile 7 as well as Windows 7 by the end of the year.
Microsoft has already made it known that it fully expects Vista SP2 and Server 2008 SP2 to be delivered in Q2 2009; and that my friends, start on the 1st of April 2009.
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Windows Vista SP2 is a matter of too little too late and won't prevent companies, big and small, from postponing upgrades until Windows 7 is released. Incidentally, Windows 7 might not be a good news for system builders since it will be less resource hungry than its predecessors.