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Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 SP1 Release Date

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 SP1 Release Date

Suck it up, because this is about the only Apple-free news story that's going to make any headway on the Internet today following the launch of the iPhone 4...

Microsoft has formally announced when it will release the first Service Pack for Windows 7. In a fairly verbose post on its Windows Team Blog it proclaimed: "we are pleased to announce that by the end of July we will be releasing the public beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7."

Given Windows 7 SP1 has already been leaked, its contents won't come as much of a surprise with a compilation of bug fixes, performance and stability tweaks the primary focus. In fact Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc has previously admitted: "For Windows 7, SP1 includes only minor updates, among which are previous updates that are already delivered through Windows Update."

And as we've already discussed, it's just a big exercise to reassure corporations about deploying Windows 7. Why? Because corporates are stupid old beasts (and the main reason why Internet Explorer 6 still has any market share at all) and they like to see Service Packs on products before they trust them. Problem is Windows 7 came out just fine, so now Microsoft has to pretend it is fixing something that was never broken in the first place just to gain their trust.

Which is a compliment to Windows 7... ...and a damning indictment of the OSes which came before creating this scaredy-cat culture.

In related news Microsoft is about to end support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 meaning no more security patches and a one way trip to Virus Land. So if you haven't upgraded yet then the message is: What On Earth Have You Been Doing?!

Source: Windows Team Blog


June 8, 2010, 1:51 pm

"What have you been doing?" = offshoring everything to companies that couldn't organise the proverbial p*ss up in a brewery and then rewarding themselves with big bonuses for the money that they have been saving... whilst paying 2x as much for internal development because they have to target IE6, losing out on the best young graduates because they look at the office tech and (correctly) see that its 3 generations behind what they run at home and figure that that represents the companies mindset so why would they want to work there, not to mention missing out on power savings from green(er) CPU's/mobo's, wake-on-lan etc etc.



June 8, 2010, 2:50 pm

You have outdone yourself with the illustration for this story - must have taken hours! :P


June 8, 2010, 4:44 pm

@MrGodfrey - Yes, I see MS Paint is still going strong :D


June 8, 2010, 11:19 pm

Incidentally, when we ask why companies stick with IE6 or old versions of XP, IT professionals often speak up in their defence and mention the cost/benefits aspect. I can see why... upgrading is all cost and no benefit to the IT guys - how would they justify their salaries without employees constantly phoning them and begging for help with the crappy software?

As they read this and begin to explode, please note I was just kidding. Kinda. I will now run away and hide. :P

Mike 39

June 9, 2010, 2:18 pm

Personally I think bringing out SP1 for Windows 7 if it's not essentially needing is completely pointless and again 'pandering' to ridiculous companies' attitudes if that is genuinley why Microsoft is bringing out this service pack. If this newest OS really is as good as it's purported to be, then to hell with going down the 'confidence' route, forget it!Bring out a service pack when it's actually needed!

Mike 39

June 9, 2010, 2:21 pm

@Mr. Godfrey's comments, why run away and hide? when you're probably absolutely right and tell it as it probably is!


June 9, 2010, 3:27 pm

Well.. I am one of those Corporate IT managers that you so kidly portray.

To be honest I would love to implement Windows 7, IE8 or to be honest Google Chrome, Office 2010 and so forth...

But one thing is purchasing and managing software and hardware for 1 PC/user an other is for 8000 clients.

Due to multi language, reimaging requirements a corporation is forced to purchase not only windows7 on the hardware but also the volume license upgrade (about $300 per license with SA), then in order to fully exployit and secure Win7 you need to upgrade the corporate AD domain to Windows 2008R2 with the relevant CALS (about $22 per users or device) then as Win server 2008r2 only comes in 64 bit most company will need to buy new HW for its domain controllers. At this stage the company will also need to upgrade the current remote desktop management system to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager or similar product (an other $30 per device).

This means that my corporation has to spend about 2.8 million dollars of MS licenses to move to Windows 7 not considering the cost of deployment, hardware refresh, consultancy and most importantly application compatability.

In total I would say that a corporation with 8000 devices will require about 6 million dollars to move to Windows 7.

In the end when I presented my project to the Board of directors they ask me... "do we really need to spend 6 mil Dollars to basically be doing exactly what we are doing now? What are the real and tangible benefits of deploying Win7 and invest that ammount of cash?"

Please help me answer that question effectively and tangibly and maybe more corporation will not be technology trailers but will be on par with it.

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