Update 2: Microsoft has confirmed this is a copy error and does not intend to show Vista SP1 at TechEd Australia this year.
It looks like Windows Vista’s first service pack is coming a lot sooner than expected. Mary Jo Foley’s reports that a Vista SP1 beta might be seeded to ‘elite’ testers and enthusiasts as early as this week and public release around November, or as vaguely described by Microsoft PR “sometime this year”. However, pundits down-under might even get their dirty “hands on” SP1 as early as August 8th at Microsoft Australia’s TechEd conference on the Gold Coast this year.
Whoever made this website, likely an outsourced company, is a pure genius for making the entire website load in a single page – making it impossible to link to any particular pages directly. I wonder why the rest of the internet haven’t adopted this groundbreaking method of website navigation. Having said that, you can find this particular page under the “Education” menu, “Hands-on Labs” submenu and second collapsible table “Windows Client”. Displayed in black and white is “Windows Vista SP1″
“Hands-on Labs” is a Microsoft event specialty. Like the name suggests, it is an opportunity for anyone to get their hands-on the latest technologies at one of hundreds of virtualized computers with brick-thick tutorial handbooks and step-by-step scenarios to help learn and familiarize new products.
To see SP1 show up in these labs would be interesting because it suggests it will be available to play with, not just look at or read about. For that to happen, it should be ‘feature-complete’ – meaning no new features will be added (only fixes), documented, tested for basic reliability, and deployable via Windows Virtual Server.
This could be a copy mistake, but I fail to see how anyone could mistype “Windows Vista SP1″ for anything else in that context. At the moment it looks like I’ll be attending so you can all guess where I’ll be rushing to first. And if I remember correctly, cameras are allowed in the labs.
Update: Microsoft Australia cannot confirm or deny at this point whether SP1 will be making an appearance in the Hands-on Labs or TechEd. They will provide an update when possible.
Update 2: Microsoft AU: “We’ve double checked and, as you suspected, this is a copy error. There will be no Vista SP1 content at TechEd Australia this year. We’re in the process of updating the TechEd site to accurately reflect this.
The Windows team is working hard on the service pack, and our current expectation is that a beta will be made available sometime this year, but there will be no content on Vista SP1 at Tech.Ed in Australia.”