Microsoft releases first Windows Vista Feature Pack

From istartedsomething.com: So I guess this is what you call teaching an old dog new tricks. A couple of days ago Microsoft released a new update for Windows Vista that adds additional wireless support and functionality to the operating system through a "feature pack". Specifically it adds support for Bluetooth 2.1, a new "Unified Pairing" interface as well as "Windows Connect Now" updates and can only be installed on Vista SP1.

This is interesting to me not because any of the features above, but because up until now, the client version of Windows has never had "feature packs". We have hotfixes, security patches, service packs and rollups, but not feature packs. What are they?

Upon a little investigation (Google Search, first search), it's apparent feature packs are quite abundant for Windows Server. To be exact, there are 16 feature packs for Windows Server 2003 which adds a variety of functionality to the server. In essence, they provide new features to an existing operating system as a standalone update. Someone smarter than me might have came to that conclusion just by looking at the name and I envy you.

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If you go to the Support page and look at the file version in the File Information list (it is a long list) you can see that this is the first Pack for SP2.
SP2 being 6.0.6002.

if i read this right, you do not have to have the most newest hardware, you will just not get the full support of the new features.

Thats nice. What about all the Windows Ultimate Extras that Ultimate buyers paid for and never got. Now everyone else is getting Feature packs for free.

(Wodin said @ #7)
Thats nice. What about all the Windows Ultimate Extras that Ultimate buyers paid for and never got. Now everyone else is getting Feature packs for free.

How do you make software that runs on only one SKU? Unless there are a lot of checks and DRM in that software, everyone else will probably be able to run it in any version of Windows. Even XP got some things only Vista was supposed to have.

(HalcyonX12 said @ #7.1)

How do you make software that runs on only one SKU? Unless there are a lot of checks and DRM in that software, everyone else will probably be able to run it in any version of Windows. Even XP got some things only Vista was supposed to have.

Vista Ultimate buyers were promised periodic release of extras made only for the Ultimate version of Vista, and no one else. That was part of the deal for us paying an extra arm and leg more than anyone else. And Microsoft hasn't released any, there was a big hubbub about it a while back but it didn't make any difference, we still haven't gotten anything more.

When will people get it through their heads that you didn't BUY EXTRAS with Ultimate!!!

You paid to have all of Vista's features integrated into the same OS (RDP, Mediacentre, etc.).

Extras are EXTRAS!!

Geez.

(ahhell said @ #7.3)
When will people get it through their heads that you didn't BUY EXTRAS with Ultimate!!!

You paid to have all of Vista's features integrated into the same OS (RDP, Mediacentre, etc.).

Extras are EXTRAS!!

Geez.

Last I checked, "Windows Vista Extras" was considered a feature too...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942567/en-us
This software update includes the following components or features that improve wireless support in Windows Vista:
- Bluetooth version 2.1 support
- Unified Pairing user interface
- Windows Connect Now updates

APPLIES TO
- Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
- Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
- Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
- Windows Vista Business
- Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
- Windows Vista Enterprise
- Windows Vista Home Basic
- Windows Vista Home Premium
- Windows Vista Starter
- Windows Vista Ultimate
with Windows Vista Service Pack 1

(mocax said @ #2)
Maybe some programmers ran out of bugs to fix.

This is most likely how Windows 7 is going to work, since they've said it's going to be much more modular than Vista.

(EduardValencia said @ #1.1)
Weird,any more infor there? perhaps you don't have the hardware to run some features?

It's not that, you need to wait for the vendor (ie: HP, Dell) to release this I'm guessing, since there are no download links for this on MS's website, at least that I can find.