With Vista fast becoming the red headed stepchild sandwiched between Aryan super kids XP and Windows 7, it's time for the OS to fight back...
Vista Service Pack 2 should help in this area and with the first public Release Candidate now launching it should help further stabilise the lambasted OS which admittedly has grown in stature since its reputation breaking debut.
Referenced as built '6002.16670.090130', the SP2 RC will be available in English, Spanish, German, French and Japanese language versions and contains a whopping 691 hotfixes as well as reports of major performance improvements. Highlights include:
- Support for the 64-bit central processing unit (CPU) from VIA Technologies, which adds the ID and vendor strings for the new VIA 64-bit CPU.
- Integration of the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless, which contains support for Bluetooth v2.1 and Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration.
- Native Blu-ray disc recording
- Windows Search 4.0 with improved indexing and search relevance.
- Enhanced Windows Media Center content protection
- Greater maximum number of open TCP connections to boost app compatibility
In related news Aforementioned precocious upstart Windows 7 has refused to let Vista have even this moment alone in the sun as rumours are spreading like wildfire that its own Release Candidate will be coming on 10 April. Of course this is Microsoft so anything could happen between now and then but it does suggest a positive timeframe...
Vista SP2 RC via neowin
Windows 7 RC via ars technica