As anticipated, Microsoft has yesterday issued the release candidate of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) to the general public that can be downloaded from the company’s website as 32-bit as well as 64-bit versions.
According to Neowin.net, which first reported about the release, Microsoft hasn’t changed the download pages’ tags to show that the files are actually the release candidate of the Windows Vista SP2 and not Beta 2.
However, the file name, which is “6002.16670.090130-1715_iso_update_sp_wave0-RCSP2.0_DVD.iso.”, of the disk image clearly shows that it is the release candidate.
A week ago, the software giant notified that it had already wrapped up the release candidate for SP2 and posted it to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet, the subscription-based services aimed at IT developers and professionals, and at the same time, the company announced that the release candidate would be available to general public this week.
The Vista SP2 release candidate will be available in five distinct languages, including English, German, Japanese, Spanish, and French in a standalone installer.
It will be available to the general public as Windows Update via the Windows Update Experience Kit, as well as through the Customer Preview Program website.
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Now that Vista SP2 is going live, Microsoft can concentrate on the three remaining big projects. Office 14 (and its online counterpart), Windows Mobile 6.5 and the various flavours of Windows 7. 2009 is set to be one of the busiest years for Microsoft as it tries to battle a number of rivals across various segments.