Microsoft is urging home users and businesses waiting for the arrival of Windows Vista SP1 before moving to the new operating system not to do so.
Microsoft's Pete McKiernan, a senior product manager for Windows, told CNET News.com that Windows Vista SP1 will offer nothing more to the home user other than including all previously released patches into one package.
What is included in the "upgrade"? McKiernan called out two features expected to be within Windows Vista SP1, neither is likely to excite consumers already on the fence about Windows Vista. One is an improvement to the BitLocker drive encryption system, available only in the Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista. Under SP1, BitLocker will be able to encrypt multiple drive volumes; all drive volumes, that is, except for USB drives.
A second feature touted by Microsoft is support for emerging hardware and standards. Windows Vista SP1 will support Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), Intel standard for the interface between software, the operating system and firmware, and Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT), a new Microsoft file system that may eliminate the need for defragmentation in the future.
Windows Vista SP1 won't include a new version of Internet Explorer or any new features that are considered must haves. Most of the enhancements within Windows Vista SP1 are under the hood and for enterprise customers. In short, Windows Vista SP1 lacks "wow."
The expected changes within Windows Vista SP1 can be categorized under security, reliability, and performance enhancements.
Take a look at the slide show on the installation process of Windows Vista SP1.
In wake of this information, will you upgrade your home machine to Windows Vista sooner?
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.