Microsoft Update Service Pack Coming

Microsoft is preparing to beta test the first service pack for Microsoft Update, the Redmond company's new all-in-one Web site for downloading updates to many of its products, including Windows and Office. The beta program will begin early next year, but little is known about what changes SP1 will bring.

"To recap, the Microsoft Update (MU) Beta Program ended earlier this year and the MU and Windows Update v6 (WU) sites are operational. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who participated. Your feedback on troubleshooting, site usability and general fit and finish (to name a few) helped to deliver WU/MU on time and at high quality," beta coordinator Eric Brodish wrote in an e-mail to testers.

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