Microsoft will launch the Customer Preview Program (CPP) for Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 (SP2) for MSDN and TechNet subscribers with broad availability on December 4th.

The Springboard blog has offered initial guidance and messaging for IT pros through their blog on October 24th. Please visit the Springboard Series Blog for the official public announcement about the CPP tomorrow at 2:30pm PST.

What is a CPP?
A Customer Preview Program is a program that allows customers to preview beta software in order to test and evaluate the product.

Servicing Model

In summary, Windows Vista SP2 is a traditional service pack release with all cumulative security updates available since the Windows Vista SP1 release in March 2008. In addition, this service pack includes support for new types of hardware and emerging standards that will grow in importance in coming months, along with capabilities to improve system performance.

What makes the Windows Vista SP2 release unique is that it represents a single service model for both client and server operating systems—since the code base for Windows Vista is shared with that for Windows Server® 2008, a single update can be deployed across your full infrastructure.