Back in February, Microsoft released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 which is a collection of updates and performance improvements. Along side SP1 was the release of Windows Server 2008, which came with Service Pack 1 already integrated. This has streamlined the development of Windows, since both Client and Server now share same codebase. Of course Microsoft never stops working and so the Company is already giving early hints of the next maintenance update to Windows Server 2008 and Vista, Service Pack 2. A Microsoft Knowledge Base Article gives us some early confirmation about its expectancy:
“Information about Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2
Article ID : 948465
Last Review : October 2, 2008
Revision : 2.1
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No formal product support is available from Microsoft for this beta product. For information about how to obtain support for a beta release, see the documentation that is included with the beta product files, or check the Web location where you downloaded the release.
This Microsoft Knowledge Base article will be updated with more information about Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) when the information becomes available. Currently, the product release notes and related information about Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2 are not available.”
Check out the KB here
Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Vista is probably coming around spring 2009, although its always subject to change, since there will be a lot of projects in development such as Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Office 14. So, the progress and the ability to maintain compatibility across these products will determine how soon SP2 arrives. Microsoft is also working to deliver the next Service Pack for Office 2007 around mid 2009.