Microsoft plans next month to roll out the first major update to its Windows Vista operating system, which was introduced in January 2007. There have been a number of smaller patches to Vista, but this one, called Service Pack 1, is pretty large, a 65-megabyte download, and includes hundreds of small fixes and improvements, including some performance gains.
The arrival of a large update like this isn't a sign of trouble, or even unusual. Microsoft has routinely issued these large "service packs" periodically for Windows. And just this week, its competitor, Apple, unleashed an even larger update for its new operating system, Leopard.
"SP1 doesn't resolve some of the most annoying flaws in Vista, including slow start-ups and reboots, and a security system that nags you too much and requires add-on anti-virus software. I guess these problems will either never be fixed fully or will have to wait for SP2."