Maybe they can stop those terrible adverts by then?
Microsoft has pulled the release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 forward to the final quarter of this year, according to a speculative report. The company hasn't officially announced when it plans to squirt out SP1 for its current operating system, but that hasn't stopped the rumours from swirling around the interwebs. The latest …
The fiasco around EDID/active DDC/KVM/multiple monitors has yet to be resolved.
If a service pack is the way forward, it can't come soon enough.
ive have had windows 7 on for a couple of months now havent really done much on it just general surfing the odd game here and there and it runs pretty well i havent had it crash the only thing i think needs improving is internet explorer i have ie8 on and it does slow down and can sometimes lockup then unlock itself now and then but really microsoft are gonna need to improve it alot other than that the os is great better than vista as i tried vista on my same system and it just wasnt good enough as for 7 well i say release a sp1 for it then maybe it will tempt people to move
Back in the day, service packs were important as they ensured everyone got the fixes and fingers-for-the-dam that some might be without, if they weren't obsessive about manually downloading and installing patches As such they were important and the odd (or huge, in the case of XP SP2) extra service/utility thrown in just sweetened the deal and made installation compelling...eventually at least.
However, in these Windows Update times, a service pack just isn't bringing much to the party as just about everyone's Windows install is (should be?) patched to the hilt.
And as I recall Microsoft stating that they were not keen on including any significant new functionality in future service packs, the installation of a service pack seems like a bit a belt & brace operation nowadays, rather than any reason to become engorged.
Service packs contain lots of fixes that aren't part of the normal monthly patching schedule. e.g. WPA2 support for XP was part of SP3 and although released previously as a patch it was never available through windows update.
The other important point about a service pack is that it allows you to perform a clean installation of windows with all the relevant patches to date included.
I've been using Win7 since RC, now using RTM. I use Photoshop, Virtual PC, Visual Studio and MS Office 2007 and IE8. Not yer have I experienced a single app or OS crash. Had some web sites that have caused IE8 to force a recovery and on closer inspection most of these have been due to poorly developed sites.
Win 7's statbility is impressive. I'm sure there are things in it that could be improved so an eventual SP will be welcomed, but there's no immediate need for one.
So customers obviously come first with MS, hence why they get a service pack after only 14 months.
Customers come last with Apple, hence why the third service pack for snow leopard is expected any day now.
And don't get me started about how much Linux developers must hate their users - users of Linux get fixes immediately.
What a crazy bunch of backward-thinking apologists...
"just because you haven't got problems doesn't mean nobody has "
of course in an OS as widely used as Windows and with so many available devices a few people in millions having a problem with a couple of devices is a pretty good success rate ;) I'm sure all 20 desktop linux users will have something to say about that, i'm one of them but it appears i'm the only one that isn't delusional.
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