Yesterday, news leaked that Microsoft has released two new beta maintenance packs for Windows Vista to Windows Server 2008 beta testers. They are named the “Vista Performance and Reliability Pack” and the “Vista Compatibility and Reliability Pack” and provide fixes for many of the significant non-security problems early Vista users have encountered. Speculation has it that they will be released on the next regular Patch Tuesday which is August 14.
The natural question is why isn’t this Vista Service Pack 1 and speculation abounds there too, but since at least the promised search fixes for Google apparently aren’t included, the simple answer is that Microsoft has more work to do before SP1 is ready. In the meantime, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be shipping Vista bug fixes. As for the odd venue of a Windows Server 2008 beta program, it sounds like merely an expedient way to find some beta testers since the Vista testing program has ended.