More Info on Windows Vista SP1

Looks like some beta testers could be getting their copies of sp1 tomorrow, July 19th, the same day they announce their earning for the fiscal year of 2007. There are some testers who already have early copies of the service pack, at least according to Mary Jo Foley, and yesterday they made available a beta of Windows Drivers Kit (WDK) that is being prepared to coincide with the release of the service pack, the code is available on the Microsoft Connect website. Here are some of the fixes and features you can expect;

Performance tweaks lessening the amount of time it takes to copy files and shut down Vista machines.

Improved transfer performance and decreased CPU utilization via support for SD Advanced Direct Memory Access (DMA).

Support for ExFat, the Windows file format for flash memory storage and other consumer devices.

Improvements to BitLocker Drive Encryption to allow not just encryption of the whole Vista volume, but also locally created data volumes.

The ability to boot Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) on an x64 machine.

Improved success rate for firewalled MeetingSpace and Remote Assistance connections.
Source: Microsoft starts priming the pump for Vista SP1 Preview

One tester said he was disappointed because they are rushing the product to meet timetables instead of making a better product. The expected release date is still in November of 2007.