| By Woody Leonhard |
For those of us who lived through the toe-curling changes in Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft’s new Vista Service Pack 1 rates as a real yawner.
I’ve had a chance to put Vista’s upcoming SP1 through its paces, however, and my toes didn’t even twitch.
Vista SP1′s big new secret features
Umm, er, there aren’t any.
Microsoft found itself in a hurry to release Vista Service Pack 1 not to add screaming speed improvements, glam the already-glittery interface, shore up massive security holes, or deliver new drivers to the driver-deprived digerati. Nope. Microsoft really needed to get SP1 out the door so Vista would start playing nicely with Windows Server 2008.
Hard to believe, but Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 run the same kernel deep down inside. In a very real way, Microsoft changed Vista so it plays well with itself.
When you read about SP1 and all of its Big Improvements or Horrible Disappointments, keep in mind the simple fact that SP1′s real reason for existence lies in the way it brings Windows on the desktop into synch with Windows on the server. Microsoft replaced the plumbing. Everything else is gravy.