The latest development by Microsoft on Windows 7 front is the announcement of SP1(service pack 1) for Windows 7. The announcement came just few days back on 18th March 2010. Windows 7 SP1 is going to be accompanied by Windows Server 2008 R2. According to a company spokesman, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the most part include "minor updates," counting patches and hotfixes that has already been delivered earlier via the Windows Update service, rather than new features.
The first hint of Windows 7 SP1 came more than two months ago, when Rafael Rivera, who writes the Within Windows blog, sniffed out several keys in Windows 7's registry that add an eligibility check for SP1.
Microsoft did not spell out a timetable for the service packs, saying only that it would provide more information as release milestones approach.
While most of the Windows 7 major bugs have been fixed - and the rest have patches currently running the gamut of testing prior to general availability - Microsoft is apparently keen to make the Windows 7 experience as pleasant as possible for its customers, and will be rolling the updates into the operating system's first Service Pack for release in the last quarter of 2010.
The move will be of particular interest to business users: many corporations eschew new versions of the Windows operating system until the release of the first Service Pack, in order to allow third parties to discover the bugs and iron out the wrinkles prior to an expensive large-scale deployment. With sales figures for Microsoft's latest operating system already through the roof, the launch of SP1 could very well boost the company's coffers considerably.
In recent developments around Windows Vista - Microsoft has announced that the Support for Windows Vista without service packs will end on April 13, 2010.