Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 has officially been released to manufacturing:
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing today and will start being available to customers in March, starting with Microsoft Volume Licensing customers……Windows Vista SP1 includes quality improvements that help enhance reliability, security and performance.
You can read the full press release here (Microsoft.com).
Some interesting information:
– It will be released through an Windows Update as an option to existing customers in Mid-March if you do not have any driver issues with SP1 – SP1 contains some driver issues/problems and will not automatically install on those machines. This will be for English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese.
– Windows Vista users who have updates set to download and install automatically will receive SP1 in mid-April, although, again, systems that have known driver issues will not receive it automatically. Once those drivers are fixed and received through Windows Update (automatically), then it will be turned on and installed.
– All other languages not being released in March will be released to manufacturing in April.
More from the Windows Vista Team Blog (excerpts):