Microsoft now says its Vista Service Pack 1 will become available to some business users before the end of this month — an about-face from the software giant’s earlier announcement of a delay of up to six weeks to fix a performance issue.
Many subscribers to Microsoft’s TechNet support service indicated they were unhappy with the delay, with one calling it “a major slap in the face for loyal subscribers who pay good money each year to have early access to this technology.” Another asked how he was supposed to test potential issues if SP1 was held back. Additional comments called into question “the usefulness of having a TechNet subscription.”
Saying Microsoft had “heard the feedback,” Windows Product Management Group spokesperson Mike Nash said Vista SP1 will be made available to at least some users beginning later this month.
“For broad availability, we are still planning to release in mid-March, as we want to be sure that everyone has the smoothest experience possible,” Nash wrote in a blog.