Brien Posey's Windows Blog

Jan 29 2009   1:22AM GMT

Escrow Build Released for Vista / Server 2008 SP2



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Microsoft has just released the Escrow build of Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 to beta testers. For those who are not familiar with Microsoft’s beta cycle, an escrow build is a build in which Microsoft stops the development cycle. Beta testers are asked to focus primarily on confirming that reported bugs have been fixed. Assuming that no major issues are discovered, we can expect the first release candidate sometime around mid February according to Tech ARP (http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=604&pgno=0) with the RTM version following sometime during the second quarter of 2009.

Microsoft has included over 600 individual fixes in the service pack, and is also introducing a number of new features. Some of the new features include:

·         Windows Search 4.0

·         The Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack

·         Native support for Blue-Ray recording

·         Windows Connect Now (a new feature designed to simplify the process of connecting to Wi-Fi networks)

·         UTC support for the exFAT file system

·         Support for VIA Technologies 64-bit CPUs

·         Better Wi-Fi performance after Windows has been resumed from sleep mode

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