There’s some speculation floating around that Windows Vista SP1 will be released on February 15th, which is three weeks away from this coming Friday. Vista users could look at it as a belated Valentines Day present from our buddies over at Microsoft.
But the PC market will rebound in the second quarter, he said. The launch of an updated version of Microsoft Vista on February 15, if its prices do not go up too much compared to its previous version, may help boost DRAM sales.
The article’s focus was on how the DRAM supply might be a little tight in the second half of this year as Vista sales pick up more speed. You would expect Microsoft to inform partners of the projected Vista SP1 release date, and I would therefore say that this should be pretty accurate. We knew that it would be sometime within the first few months of 2008, and this fits right in.
When asked about the expected release date Microsoft’s response is typically that it will ship when it meets their quality standards. When they made the Release Candidate available back in December there were some bugs that really annoyed me, but the recent Refresh has fixed all of my issues. In terms of quality I would say that Vista SP1 is ready to go.
Vista SP1 doesn’t really add any new features, but I’ve found that the performance is significantly better over a copy of Vista running without the Service Pack. Transferring files, searching for files, and network browsing speeds have all been drastically improved.
Needless to say I’m looking forward to February 15th!