Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

Summary: Many of the Microsoft watchers and customers I know have been expecting Microsoft to ship the first service pack (SP) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 before the end of 2010. But according to a newly published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on the Microsoft TechNet site, Microsoft is planning to release SP1 in the first half of 2011.

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Many of the Microsoft watchers and customers I know have been expecting Microsoft to ship the first service pack (SP) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 before the end of 2010.

But according to a newly published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on the Microsoft TechNet site, Microsoft is planning to release SP1 in the first half of 2011.

Let me say upfront that this statement doesn't necessarily mean that Microsoft won't deliver SP1 this year. The Windows team is still chanting the underpromise/overdeliver mantra. With recent Windows releases, the team has provided estimated delivery dates that were considerably later than what they expected they could achieve, in order to make sure there were no (public) missed ship dates. So despite the latest proclamation, it's still hard to say for sure if SP1 will be a 2010 or a 2011 deliverable.

Here's an excerpt from the TechNet FAQ, which addresses SP1 timing:

Q: When will SP1 be released? A: Service Pack 1 will be released within the first half of calendar year 2011.

(And here's a screen capture including this, in case someone at Microsoft gets overzealous in editing the site after I publish this post. Hey, accidents happen....)

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Microsoft officials have been adamant that consumers and business customers don't need to wait for SP1 to deploy Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008 R2. Still, a number of business customers use the release of SP1 as a milestone in terms of planning their deployments of a new operating system.

Last week, Microsoft released a public beta of SP1. (The Windows team released a private beta to selected testers a week or two before this.) Microsoft officials have said repeatedly that there will be no new features in Windows 7 SP1 and two new virtualization features in the server SP1 variant.

In reality, Windows 7 SP1 includes a few pieces of functionality that Microsoft hasn't made available via Windows Update or through various security patches. Company officials still insist these are "enhancements," rather than new features.These "enhancements" include things such as support for more third-party federation services; improved HDMI audio device support; and XPS printing fixes.

Any businesses out there waiting on SP1? Why or why not?

Update: Microsoft actually posted the "first half 2011" date as part of a (much longer) blog post about the beta availability of SP1 back on July 12 on the Windows Blog. (Looks like I wasn't the only one who missed it, based on reader feedback I'm getting.) The new rumored target date is supposedly April 2011, I hear. Not sure why it will take that long for something that doesn't include new features (maybe it's more an issue of the server SP1 holding up the client?)... But there you have it.

Topics: Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Death to the "Wait for the first SP" Mantra

    I think Microsoft can finally say with certainty that this new version of Windows doesn't need the first Service Pack to be deployed.
    mikefarinha
    • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

      @mikefarinha ... I totally agree! I'm already knee deep in my Windows 7 rollouts and am having huge success. I manage the systems for my company's three business entities. Administrative users for all businesses are on Windows 7, and one of the businesses is on Windows 7 entirely at this point.

      My support needs for those users has dropped dramatically, because the OS is very dependable on its own and simpler to use, but also because I really took the time to build a rock-solid image and deployment plan during the beta cycle.

      I verified app compatibility before-hand, and have clean-slated my images to be just the required basics and no OEM crapware.

      As for the users opinions, most of them have said it was like my Office 2007 rollout a few years ago... different, and took some getting used to it, but it's "better" and my laptop users are thanking me for the better offline files performance and simpler VPN access.
      GoodThings2Life
      • Better VPN access?

        @GoodThings2Life
        Awesome. The "better VPN access" is that using DirectConnect? Any experiences?
        honeymonster
      • One thing about Micro$oft that isn't vaporware...

        ...is their service packs. That's not saying much, considering everything else.
        ahh so
    • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

      @mikefarinha
      shane_davis@...
      • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

        @shane_davis@...
        shane_davis@...
  • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

    Too bad they aren't fixing the broken beyond usable Windows Explorer. Maybe I will upgrade to Windows 8 from XP on all computers if they fix Windows Explorer.
    xp-client
    • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

      @anonymuos
      Why is Windows Explorer broken?
      dvm
      • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

        @dvm It IS TRUE! Windows Explorer is broken, I have been using Win7 x64 and the tags previews CRASH my Windows Explorer EVERY DAMN TIME! Even if I just use VIEW > DETAILS to browse my files. You just need to have some .mkv or m2ts files with over than 10GB to that happen very very easily, it wants me to go back to WinXP asap, but then, I would lose a lot of my 8GB RAM.

        Besides, I was watching a m2ts file (32GB) and after 10 or 20 minutes, my Gadgets CRASHED out of NOTHING!

        Too many bugs and what piss me off is they are SIMPLE BUGS, very very easy to reproduce and test!

        The quality team dropped by MILES on tests!
        Gradius2
      • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

        @Gradius2 actually....Who is complaining on 10GB and larger files from m2ts...these issues seem to be caused by 2 things:<br>1-Improper codec usage and authoring of file<br>or<br>2-Improper video hardware or driver. <br><br>If you aren't using the proper video card and proper driver for Aero to work right this will cause crashes. If you are forcing Aero to work then asking for trouble.<br><br>Gadgets don't crash nor Windows Explorer for no reason, check your logs and isolate the issue instead of blaming issue on the OS. If you are working off an OEM install, you might want to recheck before jumping to conclusions as well.<br><br>Also make sure the gadgets you are using are for Windows 7 then ported over from Vista.
        spdrcrtob
      • read this link it will explain some of the issues...

        @dvm http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=557099734-382eaadd80cb59bfc824cc95a2267d10-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5
        dougogd@...
    • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

      @anonymuos - Seriously, what's broken in Windows Explorer? Please give concrete examples with details of why it's broken rather than simply making a vaporous statement.<br><br>Is it designed exactly as I would want? No, but that doesn't mean it's broken, only that I disagree with some particular design concept. So please, detail what's "broken".
      PollyProteus
      • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

        @PollyProteus He can't, because it's not broken. It works perfectly.
        MSFTWorshipper
      • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

        @anonymuos
        Seriously, you give us outdated wikipedia links that show what has been 'supposedly' removed items in Win7? <LOL> dated from 2008? I have NO, ZERO, problems with explorer, and the stuff that shows as missing in a lot of cases is actually still there if you READ where to find it! Like say the "RUN" field in XP, was LONG ago published on how to display the field as an icon on the desktop! You fit the biblical verse 'swallow a camel and strain at a gnat'! Hope yer happy with you're slow old MAC! ;)
        barefoot1976
      • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

        Why was my post deleted? MJ?
        xp-client
      • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

        @PollyProteus, your concrete example are listed in forums.microsoft.com (search for Windows Explorer issues) and in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_Vista.
        xp-client
      • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

        @PollyProteus <br>Concrete example: after a clean install of Win7 all is good. Then after installing anything else: Windows Updates, nVidia drivers, Logitech G15 keyboard utils, doesn't matter what order...after installing any one of these, I reboot and while it is loading in the sound, network, etc, in the system icon area of the taskbar (next to the clock): "Windows Explorer has stopped working." After rebooting 3, maybe 4, more times, it finally stops giving the message (repeatedly, every 10sec or so) and seems to function fine...until the next reboot. After installing these various drivers and whathaveyou, doing an "upgrade" install of Win7 "cures" the problem...except...the Windows Updates need to be reinstalled...which breaks Windows Explorer again.
        {DvT}Hex
    • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

      @anonymuos More FUD from AppleTroll.
      MSFTWorshipper
      • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_Vista
        @barefoot1976, nothing from those WP articles is dated. All issues are fresh as of 2010. Now, that's a different story that MS hasn't FIXED them since 2006. Just go through Microsoft's forums and you will come across hundreds of people having huge problems with Windows Explorer. I doubt you can even read as you seem to raise the "Run" command not present issue which is not even there in those articles.
        xp-client
    • RE: Microsoft says Windows 7 Service Pack 1 due in first half 2011

      @anonymuos removing items doesn't necessarily mean something is broken. Most of the items removed are older items that are redundant and less usable than the newer improvements. So learn something new, learn to change or go back to XP or DOS. I personally don't miss any of the items that were removed. I doubt you'll be interested in Windows 8 or 9, since they'll probably remove more items from explorer.
      grayknight