Microsoft announced Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Beta available to everyone through a Customer Preview Program (CPP). The CPP will launch on TechNet and be available to anyone interested in trying out this service pack. The CPP is intended for technology enthusiasts, developers, and IT Pros who would like to test Service Pack 2 in their environments and with their applications prior to final release. For most customers, our best advice would be to wait until the final release prior to installing this service pack.
OK, so here are some of the highlights and other features:
Emerging Hardware Support
- Bluetooth 2.1 feature pack
- Ability to record data on Blu-Ray media
- exFAT file system supports UTC timestamps, enabling correct file synchronization across time zones
- Support for the new VIA 64-bit CPU
- Support for ICCD/CCID smart cards
- Windows Vista SP2 includes Hyper-V technology
- Inclusion of Windows Search 4 for improved indexing performance, improved relevancy in search, broader indexing scenario inclusion and group policy integration for Windows Search
- Reduction of resources required for sidebar gadgets
- Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless
For those of you who choose to test this service pack, we encourage you to install the beta as soon as you can; your feedback will help us to ship a solid and stable service pack for Windows Vista. For specific changes in Windows Vista SP2 - see my previous post on Windows Vista SP2 or check out the notable changes document.