Storage feature pack coming for Windows

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New details have appeared about the future availability of a new feature pack for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

The 'Windows Feature Pack for Storage' has been in beta testing for a while, but has now appeared on Microsoft Connect.

This was spotted by Mary-Jo Foley who has received excited beta tester feedback.

The three main features available in the beta are as follows:

Active Storage Platform: This pre-release package enables Windows to restrict access to portable devices (such as a USB flash dongles) via a certificate or password authentication

Image Mastering API update for Blu-Ray media: This feature enables Windows to do master style optical burning on Blu-Ray media

Smart Card Driver: Provides support for new form factors, such as ICCD/CCID

Unlike Service Packs which generally bundle a set of fixes and security patches, feature packs are intended to deliver additional functionality between Windows releases.

Microsoft has previously released the 'Wireless Vista Feature Pack' in July, available here. (c) 2010 Incisive Media

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