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Windows Server 2008 also set to RTM next week, claim others
Other sources, meanwhile, claimed that Windows Server 2008 will also reach RTM (release to manufacturing) in the coming week.
Vista SP1 will make RTM on Monday, said Tech ARP, with computer makers receiving media later in the week to install the updated operating system on new laptops and desktops. Bits will also be posted for download on Monday, the site claimed.
"Microsoft will be deploying SP1 in two 'waves,'" said Tech ARP. The first, on Monday, will include just five of the 36 available language packs -- English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The second wave, slated for one to two weeks later, will include all 36 language packs.
Previously, Microsoft has said it would break SP1 into two stand-alone installers for businesses: a 450MB package that includes the five packs, and a 550MB installer that offers three-dozen languages. Both are expected to be available for download from Microsoft's Web site.
SP1 will also be offered to users through Windows Update, Microsoft Update and presumably Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). That update will weigh in at around 65MB. Microsoft explained the smaller size in a change-log posted to its support site: "Windows Update...utilizes an efficient transfer mechanism to download only the actual bytes changed."
Microsoft last issued an SP1 build on Jan. 24, when it updated the code offered to an invite-only group of approximately 15,000 testers. That build, along with one the week before, gave credence to accounts that SP1's pace had quickened, and that the service pack's release was imminent. At that time, a report out of Taiwan pegged SP1's RTM as Feb. 15.
Reports earlier in the week on SearchITChannel.com, meanwhile, pointed to a Feb. 6 RTM of both Windows Server 2008, the first major update to the company's server software line in almost five years, and Vista SP1.
For its part, Microsoft repeated Saturday what it has said all along: Vista SP1 would go final in the first quarter of 2008, which ends March 31.
"We are targeting to deliver SP1 RTM in Q1 CY08," a spokeswoman said in an e-mail. Representatives of the Windows Server team, however, were not available for comment. Previously the company has announced plans to launch Windows Server 2008 on Feb. 27 at an event in Los Angeles.
The trio of frames offers 800 by 480 pixel resolution and supports a variety of slide show techniques.
Sony has introduced its new line of S-Frame digital photo frames.
The DPF-V900, DPF-V700 and DPF-D70 will be available in March for US$250, $190 and $140 respectively.
Each of the new frames features 800 by 480 pixel resolution and 15:9 aspect ratio screens. The digital photo frames can scale and display images up to 48 megapixels, and incorporate the ability to rotate through 10 slide show variations, clock and calendar views and two index modes.
The DPF-V700 and DPF-D70 are both 7-inch frames; the DPF-V900 is a 9-inch frame. Both the V700 and V900 have 512MB of internal storage capacity, while the D70 has 256MB storage. Digital images can be transferred from various flash memory cards including Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, SD Memory Card, MMC, Compact Flash, MicroDrive and xD-Picture card. You can also use a computer connected through the USB port, or directly from a digital camera using USB.
The V900 and V700 models are also compatible with a separately sold Bluetooth adapter, to enable you to transfer images wirelessly from your cell phone or from a computer equipped with Bluetooth. They can also connect to HDTV sets using an HDMI cable.
All three frames support JPEG and RAW (SRF, SR2, ARW) image file formats. The V900 and V700 also support TIFF and BMP images.
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