updated 12:45 pm EDT, Tue May 26, 2009
MS posts Vista SP2
Microsoft has posted 64- and 32-bit versions of Service Pack 2, a major update for Windows Vista and Server 2008. The downloads measure 577 and 348MB respectively, and include all of the key Windows updates produced since the debut of Service Pack 1. New devices and hardware platforms are also said to be supported, such as Bluetooth 2.1, 64-bit VIA CPUs and Blu-ray data recording.
Also new are fixes for issues like poor Wi-Fi performance when returning from Sleep, and various structural enhancements, such as the inclusion of Windows Search 4.0, and the removal of a limit on half-open outbound TCP connections. Among enterprise-specific improvements are the integration of Hyper-V virtualization, and better power management including Group Policy options. Microsoft adds that it has merged the installers for both Vista and Windows Server.