Microsoft has announced that the Windows Vista and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 has been completed and is now being prepared for public release. For our benefit here are the key improvements brought by SP2:
- Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches
- Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology
- Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista
- Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration
- Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.
Ability to natively write data to Blu-ray discs and the addition of Windows Connect Now are definitely something to be delighted about. I’m just curious though as to how Windows Search would be improved by SP2.
Also, the Windows Vista SP1 Service Pack Blocker Tool has been removed meaning Vista users who used the blocking tool will now see Windows Vista SP1 available via Windows Update.
Here’s a more comprehensive list of notable changes brought by Service Pack 2 and expect it to be publicly available this quarter.
Hopefully, this would improve Vista and pave for a smoother transition to Windows 7.