Mike Nash announced that this week Microsoft is opening up the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Beta to a broader audience. Starting today, MSDN and TechNet subscribers will have access to the beta to begin testing.
Beginning Thursday, Dececember 4, the beta available to everyone through a Customer Preview Program (CPP). The CPP will launch on TechNet and be available to anyone interested in trying out this service pack. The CPP is intended for technology enthusiasts, developers, and IT Pros who would like to test Service Pack 2 in their environments and with their applications prior to final release.
Windows Vista SP2 builds on the solid foundation of Windows Vista SP1. Windows Vista SP2 includes all of the updates that have been delivered since the release of Windows Vista SP1, and incorporates improvements discovered through automated feedback from the Customer Experience Improvement Program. In addition to these updates, SP2 also includes support for new types of hardware and emerging standards that will grow in importance in the coming months. For specific changes in Windows Vista SP2, check out the notable changes document.
Nash also added that Microsoft is tracking to ship Windows Vista SP2 in the first half of 2009.