Vista SP2 expected next April, says insider site

The same Malaysian Web site that successfully predicted release

dates for Vista SP1 and XP SP3 earlier this year, said that Microsoft will finish the Vista SP2 service pack in April and will post a generally available release candidate in February. A release candidate was posted for select testers/developers about a month ago.

The site, TechARP.com, was vague about when the final version will actually be pushed out to users, but Microsoft has a history of issues with sending desktop operating-system service packs over Windows Update, in some cases because of bugs that prevented the updates from properly downloading. According to an article in Computerworld, the service pack will update both Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Vista SP2 will include Windows Search 4, Bluetooth 2.1 wireless support, faster resumption of operations from sleep when a wireless connection has been broken, supporting for UTC time stamps and support for Blu-ray. Some of those features, including Windows Search and the Bluetooth support, have been available to Vista users for months through individual updates.

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