Windows 7 couldn't have had a much smoother ride up until now: seamless and stable betas, a release date that stuck and widespread recognition that Microsoft had produced the best operating system in its history (I actually prefer it to OS X). Still, there are always patches to be applied...
The largest of these is the Service Pack and the first for Windows 7 (you'll generally get around three in the lifetime of a Microsoft OS) has been leaked all over the Interweb. 'Build 7061' (build string: '6.1.7061.16537.amd64fre.win7.100327-0053') was first snagged by GeekSmack and it reports a fast installation ("MUCH faster than the install process for service packs on Vista") and two reboots were all that was required.
Changes? Nothing too major - at least in this build - with a compilation of bug fixes, performance and stability tweaks the main focus. This ties in with what Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said about the service pack last month on the official Windows Team Blog:
"For Windows 7, SP1 includes only minor updates, among which are previous updates that are already delivered through Windows Update," he explained. "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."
So what could be the motivation for such a seemingly inconsequential first Service Pack? Optimists could argue there is little wrong with Windows 7 in the first place - and they'd be right, but I suspect the true answer is more cynical: to attract businesses.
"Windows 7 is ready for commercial deployments now and many industry experts have recommended that customers do not wait for SP1," argued Blanc in the same blog post. I'd agree, but perhaps it remains easier to convince cautious organisations with that little issue out of the way in any case.
Either way, I suspect we won't have to wait long for an official SP1 release - call it a hunch...