Windows Vista's first service pack out in second half of 2007?

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Windows Vista logoVista, which officially launches to consumers next Tuesday, may already be well on its way to the first service pack update. Microsoft has put out a call to customers and partners to actively test and provide feedback on SP1 to help prepare for its release in the second half of 2007.

Of course, business customers have already had a bite of the Vista (for any that chose to upgrade straight away) so there are doubtless a number of things that need patching.

Participants will have weekly LiveMeeting sessions, onsite events and conference calls, with 24/7 support for the service pack throughout the programme.

Codenamed ‘Fiji’, the pack will probably include items that missed the deadline, plus any security and operational fixes required.

Those testing the product must agree to enter the “Technology Adoption Program” which means that they must provide feedback on pre-release builds that are deployed into a production environment. Scary!

“It’s important that customers deploy the Service Pack into production environments within 30 days of a milestone release. Issues will surface from the deployments as well as throughout the program as end users test its limits thought their day-to-day activities. The Windows TAP team will work with customers to identify and drive these issues,” Microsoft’s callout reads.

Only the elite will be chosen though, having to contact their Technical Account Manager at Microsoft to get nominated. Guess that’s me out, then.

(Via APC Mag)

Andy Merrett