The first beta of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is now open to subscribers of TechNet and MSDN Microsoft. From Thursday, access will be extended to all Internet users, with one of the two operating systems, wishing to participate in the test phase launched by the publisher. In a first time, SP2 will be available for download in five languages: English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
As usual, this service pack compiles all the fixes, security updates and optimizations published for each of the two operating systems since the release of SP1. The SP2 is also an opportunity for Microsoft to integrate some new, starting with version 4.0 of Windows search engine Search, better care recent specifications of the standard Bluetooth 2.1, or the ability to burn Blu -ray directly from Windows Vista, without the need to install a dedicated software.
Vista should also adopt the Windows Connect Now (WCN), allowing intended configuration simplified access to WiFi wireless networks, and improve the care exFAT file format (Extended File Allocation Table), which made its appearance with SP1. All editions of Windows Server 2008 benefit for its improvements in terms of performance, storage or printing.
“In addition to these updates, SP2 also includes support for new hardware and emerging standards, which gain in importance over the coming months”, also promised Mike Nash, vice-president responsible for Division at Microsoft Windows products. Officially, the output of the final version of SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is now expected in the first half of 2009, without further precision. Unofficially, we talk about the publication of an RC (Release Candidate) around the month of February, before the final that could see it on the day during the month of April.
Like any beta, the update that will be offered for download Thursday should only be installed for testing.