Microsoft talks up Windows 7 SP1, shy on dates
'Go ahead and deploy… you know you want to! ;-)'
Microsoft revealed a few more details about Windows 7 Service Pack 1 yesterday, confirming it would involve a small-fry update to the operating system.
However, the software vendor didn't reveal when a finalised version of Windows 7 SP1 - nor indeed a beta - of the updates package would land.
"For Windows 7, SP1 includes only minor updates, among which are previous updates that are already delivered through Windows Update," wrote Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc in a blog post yesterday.
"SP1 for Windows 7 will, however, deliver an updated Remote Desktop client that takes advantage of RemoteFX introduced in the server-side with SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2."
RemoteFX is the virtualised graphics and media-processing feature that Microsoft picked up with its acquisition of Calista Technologies more than two years ago, more about which here.
LeBlanc unsurprisingly said that customers mulling an upgrade to Windows 7 shouldn't sit it out until SP1 for the operating system rocks up. ®
They realise that people wait until SP1 so are just rolling that out as quick as possible. Roll Up, Roll up SP1 is here. The management won't care that it is just a few fixes.
Grenade because I have already started the Win 7 rollout.
Give that man a banana!
Yes, Win7 bears an uncanny (physical) resemblance to Vista, but so did Win98 look an awful lot like Win95, and Win2000 looked a heck of a lot like WinNT, but I don't recall anyone suggesting that they were merely SP's of the preceeding OS.
It's an old joke. Move on.
It's just you. OSes have always been 2-3 years apart and Service Packs for Windows have always been a year and 18 months after the original general release. The period between XP and Vista was the exception, for reasons due to XP's Service Pack 2 and the scrapping of Vista code halfway through.