Good news, Vista users: Microsoft finally seems to be getting a handle on the Windows code base. First we learned that Windows 7 would not introduce any new performance hits which was a major achievement, given Microsoft’s abysmal track record in this department.

Now, preliminary testing shows that Vista is actually getting faster, courtesy of the upcoming Service Pack 2.

During OfficeBench testing of the SP2 Beta released last week, I noted a slight improvement in the linear script’s execution time. Though far from earth shattering — the delta vs. Vista SP1 amounted to less than 3 percent on the same hardware — it was still the first time I’d witnessed a measurable performance increase on the Vista code base. Factor in Moore’s Law and the aforementioned Windows 7 results, and you have the makings of the first true d