Vista changes in the Action Pack

On January 26, 2008, in Vista, by

Improving the Windows Vista experience for you and your customers

Microsoft is constantly looking for ways to improve our programs and products to help Partners sustain business profitability for long-term success.

Guided by the valuable suggestions and feedback from our partners, we have been working hard to improve Microsoft Windows Vista, culminating in the upcoming Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). We’ve also heard concerns about how we have supported Partners with Windows Vista and have identified ways to improve the Partner experience.

Here’s what you can expect from us over the next few months:

Delivery of Microsoft Windows Vista Business with SP1 via a Special Action Pack shipment to Partners worldwide soon after SP1 RTM. The kit will include full-install licence keys (not upgrade) in regions where Partners have not already received them, to make it easier for you to deploy the final release of Windows Vista Business SP1 for internal use.

One full-install licence key for Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 for internal use, so you can learn more about this product’s benefits and features for customers who need a single PC to fulfil their work, travel and entertainment needs. We plan for this software to be delivered in your regular Action Pack quarterly update (April/May 2008).

A comprehensive set of readiness resources to enable you to sell and support Windows Vista solutions for your small or mid-sized business customers as Windows Vista momentum builds with the release of SP1.

Exciting incentives and promotions that reward you for learning, using and selling Windows Vista.

Now is the time for Windows Vista, for both Partners and your customers, and we’re making it easier than ever for you to learn, use and sell Windows Vista.

Why Windows Vista Now?

With your help, Windows Vista has made great strides since its release in the key areas of device and application compatibility, reliability and performance – while delivering improved security from day one.

Today, 98 of the top 100 selling applications are compatible with Windows Vista*. There is support for 54,000 components and devices on Windows Update – at launch, there was support for just 13,000. That means that more than 9 out of 10 PCs will have all the drivers they need in the box and on Windows Update.

After more than a year in-market, Windows Vista is the most secure operating system we have ever released. You are 60% less likely to be infected with spyware and malware if you are using Windows Vista and Windows Vista had less than half the number of high severity vulnerabilities than Windows XP**. Bitlocker Full Drive Encryption is protecting data on PCs and has already helped prevent the loss of data on thousands of lost and stolen laptops in the last year***.

And now Windows Vista SP1 builds on the improvements already available on Windows Update across three categories:

Reliability, performance, security and application compatibility

Infrastructure optimisation

Support for new technologies and standards

Incremental SP1 benefits include improved speed on resume from sleep; faster file transfer on and between PCs; additional changes making it easier to configure, manage and deploy Windows Vista; and support for new technologies like the exFAT file system for Flash-based devices and forthcoming Direct 3D 10.1 graphics cards.

How Can Partners Get Ready for Windows Vista SP1?

Install Windows Vista with the latest Windows Updates now
Partners do not need to wait for SP1 to deploy Windows Vista – start deploying today (code provided in your January 2007 Action Pack Update or Welcome Kit). Benefit from all the compatibility, reliability and performance improvements made since release by getting the latest from Windows Update.

Experience and learn more about the benefits of Vista SP1 by downloading and installing the SP1 RC1 image on PCs appropriate for release candidate beta software.

Learn more about Windows Vista and SP1
Find technical and sales and marketing readiness courses, learn how to sell the benefits of Windows Vista to customers and ask questions or exchange idea on the Vista newsgroup by visiting on the Microsoft Partner Portal


7 Responses to Vista changes in the Action Pack

  1. JamesB says:

    Not so sure emails sent from Microsoft to Microsoft Partners should be copied in whole to a public website. Sure it’s not NDA stuff but it’s also not Public information.

  2. bradley says:

    There is no restriction on the email that I received.

  3. James says:

    I, for one, am ecstatic about the changes forthcoming to the Action Pack subscription.

    As a side bonus, it tells me that the Partner Program has taken the feedback submitted to them regarding the Upgrade vs. Full debacle and made the concession to keep us happy and make our jobs easier.

  4. JamesB says:

    There’s no sign on a knife saying do not insert into heart either but…

    Your Partner Agreement has a very general rule which more or less says anything MS tells you that is not public knowledge should not be made public by the Partner.

  5. bradley says:

    I’ve looked, James and still cannot find this wording you refer to. I’ll ping folks I know in MS and ask if I should take it down.


  6. Greg says:

    It is sales babel. What MS doesn’t understand is the “Why Now” doesn’t address my small business customers needs. Vista might be great and I am not disputing that but the sales message is rubbish.

    1. If I install it on my current hardware will my PC run faster? I have been waiting 10 years to have a fast computer and continue to wait. If I go and buy a new PC which generally are being sold with Vista with only 1Gb ram will run slower than my 512Mb XP machine. Speed and cost of hardware are two key factors to small businesses. So you offer a 2 Gb PC with Vista compared to a 1Gb XP machine and XP wins (Pre SP1 anyway).

    2. Security – do we know how good the burglar alarm is on our house – or for that matter care? As a small business owner we are focused more on getting the job done. We have a firewall and anti-everything and the IT guys patches my PC so is that a reason to upgrade? Like buying a a new house to get a better alarm.
    3. Reliability – XP is Reliable
    4. “Windows Vista is the most secure operating system we have ever released” – WTF – you are not going to release software with more flaws than the prior version are you? How can that be a marketing hot point?

    Come on MS think of reasons that address the needs of a small business owner because this wishy washy stuff is for idiots not astute business owners.

  7. Bert says:

    Exciting news for me! I was very unhappy when I found out my Action Pack subscription on came with Vista Business upgrade as opposed to full installation. Do we still get 10 installs?

    I am anxious to install Vista Ultimate on my personal machine.