Less than a year old and Microsoft is prepping the first service pack for Windows 7, however unlike its predecessor Vista, users are not desperate for this release.
The company announced Monday at TechEd, a Microsoft IT conference, that it would be launching the public beta of Windows 7 and Server 2008 SP1 before the end of July with a final build expected in the fourth quarter of 2010.
However, unlike the first Vista service pack, which many felt was the savior of an hellish user experience, the Windows 7 update will not include any critical upgrades. The announcement on the official Windows Team blog states that “SP1 will not contain any new features that are specific to Windows 7 itself. For Windows 7, SP1 will simply be the combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners”.
There are however a few interesting features planned for server 2008 that focus on virtualization. Microsoft RemoteFX is a new feature that is said to bring a better experience to remote desktop use. Also Dynamic Memory will introduce the ability to adjust virtual machine memory on the fly. More on these technologies can be found at the Windows Team Blog.
The great news for consumers is that Windows 7 is clearly already as good as it gets, there was no consumer guinea pig trials . So if you haven’t already upgraded yet, why not? And if you are currently using Windows 7, are there any major bugs that you would like to see fixed?