By Ina Fried
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
January 23, 2007
Windows Vista is not even fully out the door, but Redmond is already
laying the groundwork for its first service pack release of bug fixes
and other enhancements for the operating system.
The software maker has put out a call for businesses that want to be
early testers of the software. "Interested customers should contact
their Technical Account Manager at Microsoft to get nominated," a
Microsoft representative said in an e-mail.
Windows Vista doesn't hit retail shelves until next week, though it has
been on sale to large businesses since November.
Understandably, the company has not finalized what it will deliver in
the first service pack, though the software maker outlined an update
that is more similar to Windows XP Service Pack 1 and other minor
updates than to Windows XP Service Pack 2, which was a fairly major
overhaul of the operating system.
"We expect Windows Vista SP1 to be a standard service pack that will
include security updates and hot fixes, as well as limited other changes
focused on improving overall quality," the representative said.
Microsoft said it was "too early to provide any firm date range" for
SP1, but said, "In general, we expect the first service pack for Windows
Vista to be released in a timeframe similar to that of service packs for
previous versions of Windows."
Windows XP Service Pack 1 arrived in September 2002, 11 months after
XP's initial debut.
Microsoft's call for business testers was noted earlier Tuesday by
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