Vista Service Pack 2 on the Horizon
A few tidbits surrounding Microsoft’s second service pack for Windows Vista have trickled out on the web. Nothing major has been announced just yet, but here’s what we know so far.
First off, SP2 will have the updated Windows Search 4.0, which makes finding files, e-mail and network items quicker and easier. There’s also the inclusion of Microsoft’s new exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table), or FAT64 file system, which (among other techno-babble) is basically a better way for Vista to read flash drives with compact operating systems like Windows Embedded CE installed on them.
Bluetooth 2.1 is also present in SP2. What’s so cool about it? How about no more pairing problems? All you’ll have to do is put two BT 2.1 capable devices next to one another and *Zing*, they connect! Now that’s the future, and quite honestly how I imagined Bluetooth to work in the first place.
Another “blue” item is on the agenda in the update as well. Those with the hardware who wish to burn data onto Blu-Ray discs will be able to do so natively (meaning without a separate program) in Vista SP2. Let the gigabytes flow freely, people!
Finally, Microsoft’s Windows Connect Now feature is being implemented in Vista. This makes setting up a network, wireless or otherwise simpler for the regular user be allowing them to store network configurations on USB flash drives and then bring the device around the network to integrate the settings. I know, I know, XP already has this feature, but hey, these things take time, I guess.
I’ll have more on Windows Vista Service Pack 2 in the future, in the meantime prepare yourself and those around you for the coming update!