Vista SP2 to have Blu-ray write support, better search

With the first service pack for Windows Vista now about six months behind, Microsoft is hard at work on Service Pack 2. Mike Nash, Microsoft's Corporate VP of Windows Product Management, has written up a quick post in the official Vista blog to talk about the incoming update.

As you'd expect, SP2 will include all of the patches that have come out since SP1. Microsoft is also planning a few notable feature additions, though. Here's a quick rundown of what you can look forward to, in Nash's words:

  • Windows Vista SP2 adds Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches.
  • Windows Vista SP2 contains the Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology.
  • Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista.
  • Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration.
  • Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.
  • Schedule-wise, Nash says Microsoft will release an evaluation version of SP2 to "a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers" on October 29. The launch time frame for the finalized service pack will hinge on feedback from partners and customers. Judging by how long SP1 development took, though, we wouldn't expect SP2 to show up until next year.

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