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Report: Windows 7 SP1 Release Pushed to Q4'10

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Waiting for SP1 before jumping to Windows 7? It could still happen this year.

Now that Windows 7 has settled in inside consumer homes after the considerable marketing push from retail, attention is turning to Microsoft's next step in development – the first Service Pack.

Just to be extra safe, many IT professionals prefer to wait until at least the first Service Pack for a Windows version before implementing a new version of the OS into their departments. The reason is that the first massive wave of users will already have hit the OS to clear out any possible bugs and compatibility issues.

According to source of TechARP, Microsoft initially planned a 22-month development period for Windows 7 SP1 but is now looking to bump that up to a release sometime within 2010.

We've heard from various other sources that the updated target for SP1 is sometime this summer or fall, the TechARP's sources point to the last (presumably calendar) quarter of 2010. Such a release would put Windows 7's first service pack on a similar RTM-to-SP1 schedule that Windows XP and Windows Vista had.

While Microsoft hasn't detailed exactly what SP1 will bring, many expect it just to be a massive collection of the incremental patches and updates that are already presently available from Windows Update.

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    saran008 , March 10, 2010 12:30 AM
    Win 7 rocks w/o Service pack.SP Not needed so urgently :) 
    I can wait a bit more also for SP.
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    scatrdfew , March 10, 2010 2:05 AM
    Anything to put XP to rest...
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    dinamic , March 10, 2010 12:20 AM
    don't care

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    mister g , March 10, 2010 12:29 AM
    +1, though when businesses get it that's when XP should finally start to lose a significant amount of users. Just my opinion.
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    saran008 , March 10, 2010 12:30 AM
    Win 7 rocks w/o Service pack.SP Not needed so urgently :) 
    I can wait a bit more also for SP.
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    UbeRveLT , March 10, 2010 12:35 AM
    What the hell does Windows 7 need a service pack for? Seems fine to me?
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    uh_no , March 10, 2010 12:40 AM
    good article till the unnecessary shot in the last paragraph...
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    XD_dued , March 10, 2010 12:42 AM
    If they try to hurry up the service pack it defeats the purpose of waiting -_-. Perhaps they realized this? :p 
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    Parsian , March 10, 2010 12:49 AM
    windows 7 pro so far has been working extremely well for me since my install on jan 1st.

    the only complaint i had was at the beginning primarily due to the user interface but im used to it now more or less
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    kewlx , March 10, 2010 1:36 AM
    Jakew120Is this service pack free or do I have to pay for it.
    free
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    landerx74 , March 10, 2010 1:44 AM
    The Service pack once installed will deduct $100 from your bank account. Thats what my cousin Yosi told me.
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    scatrdfew , March 10, 2010 2:05 AM
    Anything to put XP to rest...
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    jsm6746 , March 10, 2010 2:35 AM
    the vista sp had improvements not available in the incremental updates... recognition of ram was my big thing...
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    babybeluga , March 10, 2010 4:02 AM
    All aboard the gossip train!
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    pocketdrummer , March 10, 2010 4:03 AM
    Jakew120Is this service pack free or do I have to pay for it.


    It's not OSX where they release a new "version" every 1-2 years. It's windows... and contrary to popular belief, you actually pay less for more in the long run (service packs are free). Hell, how long did XP last again? 5-6 years?
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    jhansonxi , March 10, 2010 4:20 AM
    Service packs have become marketing tools an are less important than they were years ago. Enterprise deployments just get the updates separately or from MSDN and do slipstream installs.
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    d-block , March 10, 2010 4:36 AM
    landerx74The Service pack once installed will deduct $100 from your bank account. Thats what my cousin Yosi told me.


    lol.. you know Yosi too? Sweet!
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    m-manla , March 10, 2010 7:44 AM
    No big deal. Windows 7 is working great already. SP1 would make it even better. Take your time Microsoft.
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    halcyon , March 10, 2010 8:24 AM
    Windows 7 needs a service pack? Not for quality/stability issues for sure! I wish Mac OS X 10.6.2 was a care-free/beachball-free/fast/stable as Windows 7 has been for me out-of-the-box. Oh well. I guess it'd be nice to have the, what is it now, 19-or-so, Windows 7 essential updates in one package. Good job Microsoft, finally, good job.
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    randomizer , March 10, 2010 10:33 AM
    pocketdrummerIt's not OSX where they release a new "version" every 1-2 years. It's windows... and contrary to popular belief, you actually pay less for more in the long run (service packs are free).

    OSX updates are not just cumulative patches though. I would expect patches to be free.
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    JPForums , March 10, 2010 12:05 PM
    So the big question is why Microsoft is rushing a service pack on a stable (compared to previous MS Operating Systems) platform.

    I suspect the answer is related to a recent update Microsoft put out. The one they didn't force you to install, but should you so choose, interrogates your system for validity on an ongoing basis. What do you suppose the odds are that it is baked into the service pack?
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