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Windows 7 SP1 due in less than a year?

updated 06:30 pm EST, Mon November 2, 2009

Microsoft rushing Win 7 service pack

Despite having launched less than two weeks ago, Windows 7 is already on track to have its first service pack ready in less than a year, a timetable posted today suggests. Wzor, one of the sites that slipped out pre-release betas of Windows 7 earlier this year, says Microsoft is already aiming to release its first beta of Service Pack 1 to testers by December and to offer a public beta by January. After this and a second beta, Microsoft is scheduled have two release candidates and to release to manufacturing (RTM) as early as June or as late as August.

A proper availability date is unknown but may come sooner than for Windows 7 itself. Unlike for primary operating system releases, Microsoft's service packs usually have a shorter turnaround from RTM to availability as the company can post the download directly instead of waiting for physical copies to arrive.

Details of what SP1 would contain are equally mysterious. However, Windows 7 has contrasted sharply against Vista with a comparatively trouble-free launch that has gone without major compatibility or performance problems. Most Microsoft service packs usually roll existing bug fixes into a single, easier download but sometimes add new features, like improved Blu-ray support with Vista's last major update.

The update is nonetheless one of Microsoft's quickest turnarounds for a maintenance release to date and reflects improvements brought about by Windows Division head Steven Sinofsky. His control of the group is given much of the credit for Windows 7's much faster and more polished development cycle where Vista's development was forced to restart three years after Windows XP was available.

Apple, by comparison, operates on a very different cycle that releases major Mac OS X revisions every one to two years and introduces "rollup" updates every few months. [via Ars Technica]



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  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    i can't believe this

    Microsoft knows lots of people will automatically wait for SP1 before even trying a new version of Windows. h***, Microsoft has trained them to do so. XP really drove this point home to both consumers and business, and Vista kicked all the early adopters in the nuts.

    h***, Microsoft even pushed out a lame SP1 really quickly for Vista, just to try to get people/business to tryout Vista before upgrading to XP.

    I would expect Microsoft to do the same to 7, to pump out a SP1 ASAP, just to get more people to switch to it instead of sticking with XP.

  1. Feathers

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    a public beta?

    A public beta of a service pack? Isn't that like bypassing the clinical trials of a drug that are designed to protect the public?

  1. luckyday

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    @feathers

    Ya, except nobody will suffer a horrible death. Almost exactly the same thing. Good one.
    I guess when your computer is your best friend, it's only natural that you start to think of it like a human being.

  1. climacs

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    @luckyday

    do us all a favor and die in a fire or something.

  1. testudo

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    Wow!

    This is incredible news! It means the OS wasn't finished when it shipped! You know what that means? Yeah, nothing. I recall Apple having 10.6.1 out within a couple of weeks of 10.6, and 10.6.2 has been seeded around for a while now.

  1. testudo

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    Re: a public beta!

    A public beta of a service pack? Isn't that like bypassing the clinical trials of a drug that are designed to protect the public?

    No, it is nothing like it. It allows companies and computer techs to test out the SP without having to belong to a developers program. Especially with something as diversely installed as windows, you'd like to get as much testing as you can on it, rather than just developer seeds. Because developers aren't going to be wasting their time testing out all of Apple's fixes. They'll install an OS update to see how it affects their product, but that's it.

    The people who need to get the seeds are the people who are actually going to be using it, not just some select group of people.

  1. DeezNutts

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    Re: I can't believe this!


    Dude that is like 8 or 9 months after general public release, closer to a year from the actual RTM date.
    I could see flipping out if they released sp1 like 2 weeks after Windows 7 shipped, but no operating system developer would do that? Would they?

    I guess if we go by your reasoning with Microsoft, then surely Apple rushed 10.6.1 out the door simply to get all of you paranoid dweebs still hanging on to 10.5 to upgrade!


  1. testudo

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    Re: I can't believe this

    Microsoft knows lots of people will automatically wait for SP1 before even trying a new version of Windows.... h***, Microsoft even pushed out a lame SP1 really quickly for Vista, just to try to get people/business to tryout Vista before upgrading to XP.

    And people say I have no clue. Vista was released in Jan 2007. Vista SP-1 was released in March 2008. How is that, exactly, pushing out an SP really quickly for Vista?

    And, in case you didn't know, most people wait to upgrade an OS, any OS (including OS X) because they'd rather let other people be the guinea pigs and do all the testing and figure out what works and doesn't, and wait until they get the updates that settles things down, before taking the plunge. Well, except for the die-hards who stand in line to buy copies because they must have it that day!

    Most sane OS X users will tell you it usually takes to .3 or .4 of an OS X release to settle down the issues with OS X. And you'll also note a lot of people tend to have issues with the 'last' update to the OS. Something about that build always seems to be more problematic than others. It's the nature of the beast. Everyone wants the latest and greatest released ASAP, and then whine because it's of beta quality (see Vista).

    I would expect Microsoft to do the same to 7, to pump out a SP1 ASAP, just to get more people to switch to it instead of sticking with XP.

    If you still have XP, you're sticking with it regardless of any SP. Most users don't upgrade the OS in their computers. Why bother. Wait til you get a new computer and get it then.

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