Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 to Manufacturing

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing today and will start being available to customers in March, starting with Volume Licensing customers. Windows Server 2008 was also released to manufacturing today and will be available for purchase to new customers on March 1st. Volume Licensing customers with active Software Assurance coverage or an Enterprise Agreement will be able to download the server software towards the end of February as part of the joint SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 Heroes Happen Here launch event.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 includes quality improvements that help enhance reliability, security and performance. Windows Server 2008 builds on the success and strengths of past server solutions and helps give organizations a solid foundation for their IT infrastructure. Organizations using Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 together can see a number of improvements for IT professionals, including benefits in security and manageability, overall system performance, and streamlined planning and deployment.

For more information on these announcements, please visit the Windows Server Team blog and the Vista Team blog.

A PressPass feature article discussing the benefits of upgrading to Windows Server 2008 can be found here:

For a Channel 9 interview with Alex Hinrichs, Project Manager for Windows Server 2008, click here: