Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is a long time in coming…
Looks like Microsoft is starting to prep Windows 7 Sp1, however reports are showing it won’t show up until the first couple of months of 2011. As it stands now, it’s been nearly one year since Windows 7 went to manufacturing. October was the actual date consumers could buy it off the shelves. So pretty much no matter how you look at it, the Service Pack will follow the OS release by at least a full year which is following in the footsteps of Vista which had the first Service Pack release a year after the OS initially hit the streets. Even still, that’s actually a pretty long time.
It’s not like Microsoft hasn’t been patching Win7 though, I get told there’s a new update that I need to install 3 or more times a week. On the one hand that’s a good thing that MS is fixing problems and taking care of issues. On the other, damn that’s a lot of problems and issues to fix.
But the big deal about a Service Pack is that Microsoft has been known to completely change or include functionality with a true SP. However, Ballmer has already stated that this SP won’t be that big a deal. Considering Windows 7 itself is just a massive Service Pack to Vista, yeah, he’s probably right.
I’ve gotten used to Windows 7 now. I’m not saying I like it, because really I still don’t, but I’ve gotten used to the things you can and can’t do with it.