Microsoft have announced the release of Windows Vista Service Pack One for the first quarter of 2008. Whilst SP1 will contain valuable updates to Windows, you don’t need to wait until it has been released to enjoy Windows Vista today.
If you are thinking of upgrading your current PC then you can check whether your hardware is up to it using the Upgrade Advisor although I would encourage a fresh install rather than over the top of XP.
There is a whole load of information about what Windows Vista SP1 will include, I could post it here but it’s probably better if you get it direct from the horses mouth as it were at the Windows Vista Blog and the Vista Service Pack 1 White Paper.
There will also be a service pack released for Windows XP in the first half of 2008, it won’t include any new features apart from Network Access Protection, but it will roll up all the hotfixes and patches that have been released since SP2.
By the way, as a recipient of the Microsoft MVP award I am in no way obligated to push or even like Microsoft products. In fact I am positively encouraged to be as critical as I feel the need to be. But apart from the UK pricing issues, I do believe that Windows Vista is a better, more secure, family friendly operating system.