Previously said to be delayed, the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 seems to making its deadlines as its RC (release candidate) version has now been started to be made available to Microsoft Connect testers. If the schedule remains undisturbed this will see SP2 reach RTM (release to manufacturing) in April and be delivered to the public quickly afterwards.
As previously revealed by Microsoft, the Vista Service Pack 2 features:
- Windows Search 4.0 - Also used by Office Outlook 2007 and Office OneNote 2007, Windows Search 4.0 builds on Microsoft's search technology with improved indexing and search relevance
- Improves Windows Media Center (WMC) in Content protection for TV.
- Adds support for the 64-bit central processing unit (CPU) from VIA Technologies, which adds the ID and vendor strings for the new VIA 64-bit CPU.
- Integrates the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless, which contains support for Bluetooth v2.1. Bluetooth v2.1 is the most recent specification for Bluetooth wireless technology and Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration.
- Improves performance for Wi-Fi connection after resuming from sleep mode.
- Adds new capabilities to Direct X Graphic display reliability. The graphics experience has been greatly improved for users, such as gamers, running applications that require a lot of graphics processing.
- Includes updates to the RSS feeds sidebar with improved performance and responsiveness.
- Improves audio and video performance for streaming high definition content.
- Includes ability to record data to Blu-Ray media.