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Microsoft Update Windows 7, WM7 & Vista SP2 Timeframes

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Updates Windows 7, WM7 & Vista SP2 Timeframes

A whole host of Microsoft related news today so let's get straight into it...

Firstly the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Release Candidate has arrived this week as expected along with SP2 for Windows Server 2008. Both TechNet and MSDN subscribers can get it immediately. A mass general public release will come "in the very near future" but no doubt those of you using Bittorent or Usenet have it already. A final release will appear in Q2.

As for Vista's successor, president of Taipei based Compal Electronics Ray Chen has let slip Microsoft is telling PC makers that "according to current planning it {Windows 7} should be late September or early October." If you haven't heard of Compal, they make laptops for giants such as HP and Acer so this shouldn't be taken lightly.

More officially however is Microsoft letting slip about the latest changes since the Windows 7 beta candidate which will appear in the RC. Encouragingly they are fairly minor (boding well for a fast release) with additional keyboard shortcuts, more taskbar scaling to fit in extra icons, more noticeable animations for 'needy windows' (7 beta is too subtle), multi-touch support for a touch keyboard (incl. right click) and visual tweaks to Media Player and non-removable HDD FAT32 library support.

Now for all the excitement about Windows 7, it is arguable Windows Mobile 7 is even more pertinent to Microsoft's future given the tragedy of Windows 6.1/Windows Phone but Ballmer has confirmed this will not arrive until 2010. This was somewhat expected however and he has also restated Microsoft will not be entering the handset market. With the LG deal we're slowly starting to believe him).

Phew. Right, any other companies care to announce some news today...?!


Windows Blog Vista SP2 Announcement

Compal Statement via Bloomberg

Windows 7 RC Changes via MSDN Blog


February 26, 2009, 9:21 pm

No WM7 until 2010. Pfft. Looks like i will be switching to the Palm Pre at my next upgrade.


February 27, 2009, 4:12 am

I'm on my sixth HTC device in a row and I'm starting to get bored (yes I know it took me a while but each new piece of hardware was very shiny).

I don't think WinMo is anywhere near as bad as Gordon makes out and it does have a lot of good points but I just want something different now. I am loath to get an iPhone because of all the things it can't do that WinMo can but Android is tempting. Maybe my 7th HTC device will be the Magic.


February 27, 2009, 7:24 am

@ravmania oh it is ;) Easy decision: Palm Pre...


February 28, 2009, 6:49 pm

Having owned a WM Phone I have to say it was the suckiest thing that ever sucked. Start Menu on a tiny screen such a bad UI. On a Blackberry Curve and have to say it is so much better than anything that I have owned or used.

Palm Pre will have to be something exceptional to regain their lost customers.


March 2, 2009, 7:15 pm

Android lured me away from WM6 with its shiny sliding anims and fancy touchscreen. After 3 or 4 months of constant usage, I spent a weekend with my HTC TytnII and found it to be less slow and fiddly than I remember. The bugs, rubbish camera and hollow promises of updates for Android on the G1 in the UK are underplayed. Google seem to have forgotten that this is a commercial product - we the public are less willing to forgive their quirky hodgepodge approach to development when we have a) paid money for it and b) depend on it daily. Examples: voice dialling nowhere to be seen for the UK version, and even the iPhone versions of Google apps are better. Android shows promise but wait for it to mature a bit, especially since WM6 can now sync contacts and calendar with Gmail.


March 2, 2009, 7:52 pm

@MarioM - you do realise Android has native Gmail calendar and contacts syncing?! It's PART of Android - you don't need Google Sync!

Expect 'Cupcake' to bring a lot of Android update joy soon.

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