July 20, 2007 6:30 AM PDT

Typo leads to Vista SP1 confusion

Microsoft claims an error in an e-mail led to reports that it has released a trial version of Vista Service Pack 1 when, in fact, no date has officially been confirmed for its launch.

The confusion began on Tuesday when Web site WinBeta.org posted an e-mail from Microsoft's Windows Driver Kit (WDK) team saying Microsoft had released a beta version of Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).

"A new beta WDK build is now available for download on Connect," said the e-mail. "This WDK beta release to Connect coincides with the recent OS beta release for Vista SP1 Preview."

News agencies and bloggers picked up on the post, prompting the WDK team to update the e-mail on Wednesday, saying that the original had featured a typographic error, and that the build available was for the upcoming Windows Server 2008.

"Apologies all. We made a typo in the last notification that referenced the wrong OS," said the second e-mail from the WDK team. "We didn't mean to imply or cause any confusion on the availability of the service pack for Vista. The WDK build available now on Connect is the latest for Windows Server 2008."

Microsoft further clarified its position on Thursday, when it sent this statement to ZDNet UK:

"There will be a Windows Vista service pack but it's too early to discuss specifics on timing. Service packs are part of the traditional software lifecycle. They're something we do for all Microsoft products as part of our commitment to continuous improvement, and providing early test builds is a standard practice that helps us incorporate customer feedback and improve the overall quality of the product. The team is working hard on the service pack, and our current expectation is that a beta will be made available sometime this year."

Tom Espiner of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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Haven't they...
...heard of reading an email before sending it out?
Posted by james.grimes (58 comments )
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It's Microsoft
They are always releasing stuff before it is ready.

Emails, Press Releases, Vista.
Posted by rcrusoe (1305 comments )
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Not ONLY...
Not ONLY does Microsoft NOT know how to release patches... they DON'T EVEN KNOW how to send out understandable E-mails.

(* ROFLOL *)

Walt
Posted by wbenton (522 comments )
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Its good to see you care about us Microsoft....
so when do we get the windows XP service pack. About 140 plus updates on a fresh install of XP. Now thats annoying. Especially since it is a better operating system then Vista!

Just to let you know, I was working on my Vista computer again this weekend and I mut tell you that the file management system sucks! Also I created a data DVD that took forever to load up on Vista and locked up all my system resources. This machine has dual Nvida Graphics cards and 2 Gigs of memory. What I used to do in five minutes on my XP machine takes me a whole lot longer on my Vista machine. So I want to ask... Is Windows 7 going to be any better or should I join all the others who are running to Macintosh and Linux?

Like you really hear me... after all you probably have more lofty things to think about... like how you are going to spend my hard earned money that I had to pay out for your !@#$%^&* software!
Posted by Ted Miller (305 comments )
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Purposeful Typo?
Microsoft will do just about anything to gain attention. Why not a gimic advertisement with a purposeful typo?
Posted by wbenton (522 comments )
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Re: Typo leads to Vista SP1 Confusion
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Posted by explorsit_gps (5 comments )
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Aaarrgh!!
OK, I bought it last week and 2 things dont work with it, my GPRS/3g card (dreaded Code 12) and my sound card (X-Fi). I hope the service pack fixes the problems with them both but I am sticking with XP until I can get them to work. I have disabled almost everything else to try to get it to work but to no avail. Ho hum...
Posted by Mazzilla (1 comment )
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People, people, people!
You have been reading since this POS was released that there have
been issues. You have to struggle to Google a review that has a
nice thing to say about Vista.

Why do you insist on going out and buying it?!?
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