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Windows 7 SP1 Final Drops in 2011

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Microsoft might appear that is moving extremely fast with the development process of the first service pack for Windows 7, but fact of the matter is that the upgrade will not be offered to the public this year. The Redmond company started sharing details about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 earlier this year.

On the first day of the company?s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2010, the software giant announced the release of the first Beta development milestone for Windows 7 SP1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta, offering the actual bits just hours after the official announcement.

However, Microsoft also contradicted previous predictions related to the availability of Windows 7 SP1. Whereas speculations previously had the service pack penned for a late 2010 release, the Redmond company confirmed officially that Windows 7 SP1 will only become generally available in the first half of 2011.

?SP1 for Windows 7 does not contain any new features specific to Windows 7. However, the new features in SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 benefit Windows 7 by providing a richer Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) experience. For Windows 7, SP1 is simply a combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners,? revealed Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team.

Source : Softpedia

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First half of 2011! Nearly one year from today? That would be too late!

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^ Yea, winter release would have been nice, but I guess they want to test more things, and made the SP1 a bigger update, because there has hardly been any serious problem with 7 so far.

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Long wait, was hoping it might fix some bugs like Task Scheduler thinking I'm running on battery power and refuses to start a task, when I'm clearly not, it's just my UPS with AC power going through.

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?It's better MS take their time and get alot more fixes in. no need to rush SP1. ?

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First half of 2011! Nearly one year from today? That would be too late!

Too late for what?

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Ahh Brandon's on the case.

I'll wait and see when it drops. Bit disappointing if it doesn't happen this year though. There's still 6 months left!

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?It's better MS take their time and get alot more fixes in. no need to rush SP1. ?

There's already 500. How many do you want? 1000? 2000? You can't postpone it forever.

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Sounds a bit long for a service pack... Especially the client version... :/

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There's already 500. How many do you want? 1000? 2000? You can't postpone it forever.

That's true. but I'm fine with 500 or whatever, i wasn't expecting SP1 to drop this year anyways. maybe part of the delay is because of IE 9?

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I dont care if it comes out in 2012. Windows 7 already works great,

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I dont care if it comes out in 2012. Windows 7 already works great,

Why bother at all?

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And this basically kills the rumor of Windows 8 in 2011.

BTW, I personally support including IE9 (if final) in Windows 7 SP1.

Would avoid another IE6 fiasco.

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No it doesn't. Vista SP2 and Windows 7 were released relatively close to each other...

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Why does SP1 matter anyway? If its just a bundle of hotfixes, then by the time it comes out, wouldn't it be unnecessary to install at all?

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Why does SP1 matter anyway? If its just a bundle of hotfixes, then by the time it comes out, wouldn't it be unnecessary to install at all?

So MS is working on an unnecessary piece of software? Quick, call them and tell them.

But seriously, why do any service packs matter?

1) Moves the OS to a more mature status and is more widely accepted in the corporate world.

2) Pain in the rear to install several hundred MB's worth of updates after each reload. Mind you, the ones on Windows Update are merely public updates and not every bug MS has located and fixed in the OS.

IMO, outside of a new OS/application, service packs are the next best thing. Maybe it's the geeky side of me, but service packs are pretty damn neat in my book.

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No it doesn't. Vista SP2 and Windows 7 were released relatively close to each other...

SP2, not SP1.

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Why does SP1 matter anyway? If its just a bundle of hotfixes, then by the time it comes out, wouldn't it be unnecessary to install at all?

Have you installed all 500 hotfixes currently out for Windows 7? Probably not. Service Packs are a convenient way to get them all.

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Why does SP1 matter anyway? If its just a bundle of hotfixes, then by the time it comes out, wouldn't it be unnecessary to install at all?

To install a majority of bug fixes that are not obtainable through Windows Update. Come on everybody knows this now.

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