Paul, from my office, has just sent me a link to a post by Tim Sneath entitled What does Vista SP1 mean to developers. In his post, Tim outlines some major changes in SP1 that developers need to know about. In a nutshell, his post talks about:
- A common codebase for ALL Vista and Windows 2008 editions
- A massive improvement in IIS 7
- Minor update to Direct 3D
- New APIs to control the Data Execution Protection and Kernel Patch Protection features
- New cryptographic and random number generation algorithms
- .Net Framework upgraded to v3.0 SP1
There’s also some other information that is pretty well know (speed improvements in file copy, less aggressive UAC) but you’re best off reading the entire post.
The great thing about Vista SP1 is that is really is a leap forward in terms of stability and were needed more than a tonneau cover on a stormy night. I’ve been running it for around a month now and have been counting how many problems, blue screens, freezes etc I’ve had. To date … none!