We were the first to announce that Microsoft would be releasing Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista to manufacturing on February 4, 2008; and now we will be the first to announce Microsoft's confirmed schedule for the release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to the world. Here's how it's going to work...
As we mentioned in our February 4 update, release to manufacturing (RTM) means exactly that - Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is final and is now released for manufacturing, and to the OEMs for integration with their systems. Public upgrades would come later. In April, as it turns out. Today, we were able to lay our hands on their actual release schedule. This is the real deal. Check it out.
On February 4, Microsoft released the following details on their release schedule :
- In mid-March, we will release Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Update (in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese) and to the download center on microsoft.com. Customers who visit Windows Update can choose to install Service Pack 1. If Windows Update determines that the system has one of the drivers we know to be problematic, then Windows Update will not offer SP1. Since we know that some customers may want to update to SP1 anyhow, the download center will allow anyone who wants to install SP1 to do so.
- In mid-April, we will begin delivering Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Vista customers who have chosen to have updates downloaded automatically. That said, any system that Windows Update determines has a driver known to not update successfully will not get SP1 automatically. As updates for these drivers become available, they will be installed automatically by Windows Update, which will unblock these systems from getting Service Pack 1. The result is that more and more systems will automatically get SP1, but only when we are confident they will have a good experience.
- The remaining languages will RTM in April.
The Vista SP1 Release Schedule: Today, we were able to lay our hands on their actual release schedule. This is the real deal. Check it out.
February 4, 2008
End-User Manual Update
March 18, 2008
April 9, 2008
Automatic Update from Windows Update
April 18, 2008