|February 2, 2008 (Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. will release Windows Vista Service Pack (SP1) on Monday, Feb. 4, according to reports Friday from Tech ARP, a Malaysian Web site.
Other sources, meanwhile, claimed that Windows Server 2008 will also reach RTM (release to manufacturing) in the coming week.
Vista SP1 will make RTM on Monday, said Tech ARP, with computer makers receiving media later in the week to install the updated operating system on new laptops and desktops. Bits will also be posted for download on Monday, the site claimed.
"Microsoft will be deploying SP1 in two 'waves,'" said Tech ARP. The first, on Monday, will include just five of the 36 available language packs -- English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The second wave, slated for one to two weeks later, will include all 36 language packs.
Previously, Microsoft has said it would break SP1 into two stand-alone installers for businesses: a 450MB package that includes the five packs, and a 550MB installer that offers three-dozen languages. Both are expected to be available for download from Microsoft's Web site.
SP1 will also be offered to users through Windows Update, Microsoft Update and presumably Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). That update will weigh in at around 65MB. Microsoft explained the smaller size in a change-log posted to its support site: "Windows Update...utilizes an efficient transfer mechanism to download only the actual bytes changed."
Microsoft last issued an SP1 build on Jan. 24, when it updated the code offered to an invite-only group of approximately 15,000 testers. That build, along with one the week before, gave credence to accounts that SP1's pace had quickened, and that the service pack's release was imminent. At that time, a report out of Taiwan pegged SP1's RTM as Feb. 15.
Reports earlier in the week on SearchITChannel.com, meanwhile, pointed to a Feb. 6 RTM of both Windows Server 2008, the first major update to the company's server software line in almost five years, and Vista SP1.
For its part, Microsoft has only said that Vista SP1 would go final some time in the first quarter of 2008 -- that quarter ends March 31 -- and that it plans to launch Windows Server 2008 Feb. 27 at an event in Los Angeles. The company was not available Saturday for comment on the newest reports.