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Microsoft Confirms SP1 Development For Windows 7, Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Confirms SP1 Development For Windows 7, Server 2008 R2

Microsoft has confirmed that there's a service pack in the works for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 but the company isn't saying when it plans to release the updates—at least not yet. The fact that Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 are built on the same code base should simplify SP1's development. Thus far, Server 2008 R2 seems to be getting most of the goodies; Microsoft will introduce two new features for the business OS dubbed Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. Dynamic Memory is a virtualization technology that allows sysadmins to customize the physical RAM allocated to specific virtual systems while RemoteFX will allow remote users to view rich content (think Silverlight, Flash, etc) running on a local system.

When it comes to Windows 7, Microsoft has said only that the service pack will contain "minor updates, among which are previous updates that are already delivered through Windows update." Microsoft always insists that customers don't need to wait for a service pack to take advantage of a new operating system and Windows 7 is no exception to this trend, but this time around companies might actually be listening.



According to an IT survey performed by Dimensional Research, 46 percent of IT admins are planning to deploy Windows 7 before SP1 is released. While that's still a minority of IT administrators, it's quite a high number for a deeply conservative group of respondents. The survey results imply that system admins feel much more comfortable with Windows 7, with 87 percent of respondants planning to deploy it at some point. When Dimensional Research asked the same question several years ago, when Vista had been out for an equivalent time period, just 47 percent of IT administrators were planning a rollout around the new OS.

These trends reinforce the argument that Windows 7 is generally perceived as "Vista Done Right," but that's not a bad thing from Microsoft's perspective (at least not anymore). Barring any disasterous discoveries or incompatibilities, Windows 7 looks as though it'll need a service pack less than any Microsoft OS in over a decade.
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This is why people gravitate towards Apple. Because they release their OS's in a shape that feels comfortable, without the need for constant updates and service packs?

It would be a nice world if they actually took the time to do all the testing and solve all the issues before they release it.

It is kinda like game designers who release a game without proper testing. If it is all glitchy then it doesn't do to well. Yet, when it comes to Windows, you really do not have any choice, you kinda have to take what you can get and hope it works.

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Apple releases quite a few updates. Heck, they even had a case with Snow Leopard that would cause data loss under certain circumstances. AFAIK, Win7 didn't have any critical bugs that would cause that kind of issue.

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animatortom I would have to disagree with you to a large degree on that. The reason Apple does not release updates or service packs at least in a big way, is because hackers don't try to hack them because they hold less than 10% of the general world market.

They also only support a very limited amount of devices, where Windows supports everything at least to a very large degree.

Where in general I don't buy until SP1 is released at least when moving up the Windows food chain. I would say a large amount of an SP1 is already done on 7. This is because or Beta, RC, and release version. So if you look at in in that way SP1 will actually be SP3, just in a different release model.

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Why wont they do what animatortortom said they would have more customers

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twistedfate:

Why wont they do what animatortortom said they would have more customers

 

They already have a lot of customers. Even some Mac users who run Windows 7 through Boot Camp.

 

I don't own a Mac so I don't know how many (or how few) updates they release, but I think it is hard to compare between the two. Apple computers seem pretty closed which should mean that there should be fewer compatibilities and driver issues. Also, I think that since Microsoft has way more users, more people are likely to write viruses and look for security holes. If you are going to cause mayhem, do it were it will have the greatest effect. Unless you had a personal agenda with Apple (or Linux). Just my thoughts.

 

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I have been running Windows 7 64bit and I have to say its stable and all drivers I use so far have been supported. Having such a small SP1 update does reiterate what a stable OS 7 is if you have not tried it out and are still running XP or Vista give it a go, it is very snappy and stable.

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LOL im just too lazy to transfer all my files -.- im posting form windows xp... my windows 7 is just sitting there waiting for me to transfer my files from xp on to it :( lol

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Rule #1 when purchasing a OS from Microsoft: Never...ever...ever buy the first versions of an OS. Always wait for a SP to be released before considering a purchase. Consider this similar to Moore's law.

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Apple pushes out what you might call point releases. The amount of added functionality or capabilities can vary significantly. Snow Leopard is currently on version 10.6.2 with 10.6.3 in beta testing. Leopard had eight point releases, ending at version 10.5.8.

Apple tends to release updates more regularly (we went from 10.5.0 to 10.5.8 in about two years) so it's not accurate to say the OS had 8 service packs. If I had to ballpark a figure I'd say that 3-4 Mac point releases *typically* equals about one service pack.

Kyouya, Win 7 seems to buck the "never buy the first version" rule. That's the point. :P

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I haven't bought into Win7, my next comp will have it though, but I have worked on it for others. (I do tech support) I have to say it is my second favorite OS to troubleshoot on. Windows xp being the first.

As for Mac not resleasing service pacs: Snow lepoard is on its second service pack...10.6.2.

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Win 7 Service Pack-1 is a whole different thing than Vista's Service Pack-1 was. Vista was an ill thought out, faulty POS from the start and the SP-1 release was what finally made it work without making it's users want to slit their own wrists. Even then it was still slow and buggy.

This Win 7 Service Pack-1 will address a few minor issues that have mostly already been addressed through windows update.

Now when you do a initial install of Win 7 on a computer, you can start with the service pack and get most of the required updates in one fell swoop, instead of one at a time. I regard it as a matter of convenience.

Comparing the Apple OS-X experience to Windows doesn't make sense to me. Apple has a carefully controlled set of hardware configurations to program for, and they only have to make their OS work within their own highly controlled limitations. Even still, they have released a lot of updates for OS-X Snow Leopard since it's release. They will continue to update regularly too.

Windows has to meet a higher level of compatibility issues with a huge base of possible hardware configurations. Nobody says what you put into a Win-7 PC except you. You can choose from an unlimited variety of crap to install. Microsoft is left with the task of making it all work properly together and manufacturer's drivers don't always meet the challenge either. So Microsoft has to program for almost every device and make it work. This is a far more daunting task than Apple's controlled hardware environment.

Win-7 works better than I ever thought it would and I'm sold on it. I still use my iMac, but not as much anymore.

XP is like a very old Fruit Tree,....it's still alive, but not bearing allot of fruit anymore.

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I have not yet upgraded to Windows seven. From what I have heard and with the pre-release versions and everything it would seem to me to already have service pack 1 before it was released. I have heard it is very nice, and much better than Vista was or is.

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SP1 is where corporations actually get serious about upgrading. So, of course they want to do this ASAP - it's a smart business move.

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