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Vista SP1 Apparently Swaps Kernel

Both Windows Server 2008 and the Vista Service Pack 1 were released to manufacturing Monday with a perspective availability date of sometime in March.

Called a bug-fixer almost universally, APCMag says that, based on version and build number, the Service Pack swaps out the original Vista kernel for the new unreleased Longhorn kernel on Windows Server 2008.

It thinks that Microsoft hasn’t mentioned it because “They’re keen to promote the improvements and enhancements to Vista rather than placing emphasis on a kernel upgrade, which some people might see as a risk of newly introduced instability.”

Anyway, the real question is: will the service pack make a difference in Vista installs?

CEO Steve Ballmer says Microsoft needs to spend more money marketing Windows to the consumer. That said it’s supposed to part company with the head of Windows product market, Mike Sievert, the AT&T Wireless CMO Microsoft hired three years ago. Other management changes are reportedly in the works.


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