Windows Vista Service Pack 2 to Support "Emerging Standards"

While Windows Vista Service Pack 2 has no public launch date at this time, Microsoft will distribute the SP2 beta » 10/24/08 3:27pm 10/24/08 3:27pm to a small group of Technology Adoption Program members starting next week. So while that news means most of us will be left out in the cold, Microsoft has detailed many of the new features to expect in…

Office for Mac 2008 Service Pack 1 Out Today; Visual Basic Coming Back…

Today Microsoft is hooking up all Office for Mac 2008 users with Service Pack 1. The company is also announcing the return of Visual Basic for Applications—in the next version, though, so no specified date yet. Hey, at least they heard your concerns, right? Here's a link to the SP1 download, which is said to provide… » 5/13/08 8:25am 5/13/08 8:25am

Updates for Vista, XP Cleared by Microsoft After Delays

It looks like Microsoft has sorted out the issues that came up with its new Service Pack for Windows XP as well as Vista SP1. XP SP3 has been sent out to Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center and Microsoft has also resumed automatic distribution of Vista SP1. Try to remain calm; I know it's exciting. [… » 5/06/08 3:06pm 5/06/08 3:06pm

Microsoft Pulling Vista SP1 Off Automatic Software Update

Microsoft's not only delaying Windows XP SP3 temporarily, but they're also pulling off Windows Vista SP1—which has already been pushed out to automatic software update—because of potential incompatibilities. Most of us don't need to worry about it since this is just an issue with MS's SQL Servers that affect Microsoft… » 5/01/08 4:47pm 5/01/08 4:47pm

Vista Update Scrambling USB Devices, SP1 Auto-Rollout Stalled?

An update that went out last week for Vista to patch security holes in Windows Defender (ironically) is apparently knocking out some USB devices like mice and keyboards, so that they stop working entirely. Microsoft actually admits the issue: "We are aware of concerns that a recent Microsoft update may be causing… » 4/16/08 5:50pm 4/16/08 5:50pm

Toshiba Ratchets Portege R500 SSD Up To 128GB

Toshiba's under-2-lb. Portege R500 will get its SSD boosted to 128GB, though at a still undeclared but likely super high price, says UK's Register. The machines get a bit of a chip upgrade, too, from Intel's 1.2GHz U7600 Core 2 Duo to a 1.33GHz U7700. The R500 is, to my knowledge, the lightest PC with an internal DVD… » 4/14/08 10:10am 4/14/08 10:10am

Windows Vista SP1 Update: Endless Restart Bug Fixed, Automatic Rollout…

As people who've already made (or attempted) the jump to Vista SP1 know, before you get to the actual service pack, you've gotta clear a gauntlet of pre-install updates, which started rolling out in Feb. One of the updates apparently sent some users into an endless spiral of reboots, so Microsoft hit pause on the… » 4/07/08 2:32pm 4/07/08 2:32pm

Microsoft So Confident in Vista SP1, They're Offering a Free Year of…

Usually, Microsoft only gives you a gratis year of support if you buy a boxed version of Vista. But because the ride to SP1 has been so peanut butter-smooth (hey, sarcasm) they're offering free support for all users who upgrade to SP1, even if you got Vista on say, your Dell box. "Unlimited installation and… » 3/25/08 1:30pm 3/25/08 1:30pm

Officially Official: Windows Vista SP1 Is Available... NOW

Windows' much demanded Vista Service Pack 1 is finally free for you to download from Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft says SP1 will bring "improvements that address many key pieces of customer feedback, especially in the areas of performance and reliability." Gaming and networking are two… » 3/18/08 12:44pm 3/18/08 12:44pm

Windows Vista SP1 Available for Some People, Apparently

Updated: it was real, but Microsoft has pulled the update. According to Hexus.net, the widely-pirated but not-officially-available-yet Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is now ready for download... for some users. The site points out that the update popped today in one of their 64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium systems. » 2/21/08 9:36am 2/21/08 9:36am

Vista SP1 Bringing Huge Networking Speed Improvements

Besides not shutting your pirated version of Vista down when you fail to activate, Service Pack 1 will also bring a huge performance boost when you transfer both small and big files over your network. As you can see from the chart, throughput to and from Windows Home Server will jump to 3x, and throughput between… » 12/07/07 1:40pm 12/07/07 1:40pm

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) Looking Good So Far, Due in Q1 '08

The first service pack for Windows Vista is on its way, and PC Magazine has a preview of an early private beta version. The good news is that reviewer Neil Randall found the service pack to be faster overall than the shipping version of Windows Vista, and also noticed more drivers available and improved encryption.… » 10/08/07 12:05pm 10/08/07 12:05pm