Beta version of next Vista service pack to be released next week

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The beta version of Vista Service Pack 2 will be released on October 29, according to a blog post made by the Windows Vista Team Blog, with the finalised version being released in the first half of 2009. The new beta will fix several problems including reliability and performance, and hopes to retain compatibly with applications on Vista and Vista SP1, after a problem with SP1 breaking certain applications.

Also, some new features will introduced, including support to record media on Blu-Ray, Bluetooth 2.1, and a brand new application called Windows Connect Now, which would simply Wi-Fi configuration. As well, there will be an update to Windows Search – which promises to be faster and have improved relevancy in searches.

But with the updates, Microsoft is encouraging that you do not wait for SP2 if you plan to upgrade to Windows Vista in the future.

“The reality is that Windows Vista SP1 is a great platform that is both available on new Windows PCs and available as a free download for systems that are running the “gold” release of Windows Vista.  While we will recommend SP2 when it ships, your best bet today is Windows Vista SP1,” Mike Nash wrote in the blog post.

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