It has been confirmed by Microsoft that on February 22nd, 2011, the new service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will go live.
The service pack has been in testing for several months, but Microsoft has previously said that it won’t really bring any new functionality (for Windows 7 at least). Microsoft admitted that the service pack is merely a combination of various updates that have already been released.
“For Windows 7, SP1 will help keep your PCs well supported by delivering ongoing updates, many of which have been made previously available through Windows Update.” – Windows Blog
Windows Server 2008 R2 users will see more fixes in the service pack and a couple of new features.
If you’re a Technet or MSDN subscriber, you can grab the update from February 16th.
Just randomly browsing through various news sites, it has come to my attention that there seem to be a lot of rumours regarding the upcoming SP1 betas for Windows 7.
Yes, believe it or not, it would appear Microsoft are already working on Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 not 2 weeks after launch. Well come to think of it, they’ve probably been working on it ever since RTM (release to manufacturers) several months back.
Well there’s no confirmed information yet, but rumours are spreading that there could be a public beta by January 2010, and private testers could be seeing a beta of SP1 next month if the rumors are true. Well frankly there’s no rush for me as I’m quite happy with the current package. If there’s any decent features or fixes I’ll try out the beta but to be honest it bugs me being on test versions.
Private tests could be seeing a beta of SP1 next month if the rumors are true.
Anyway, it’s nice to get the heads up. Lets see how Microsoft responds to the rumours…
Just a quick message to let you all know that Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has rolled out.
You can grab it free for both 32 bit Windows (348MB) and 64 bit Windows (577MB) at the respective links.
I’ve got my copy on download now, so I’ll post a review up for it in the coming days (hopefully by the end of the week).
Microsoft recently confirmed that they have released Service Pack 2 of Windows Vista to manufacturers – which I guess means that they have completed work on it. They have also sent a RTM of Windows Server 2008 SP2 to manufacturers.
The official release of Vista and Server 2008 SP2 is not due until quarter two of 2009, but it’s good to know it looks like Microsoft are on track and ready.
According to Microsoft (quote-en-qoute), these are the key features of SP2:
- Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches
- Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology
- Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista
- Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration
- Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.
So hopefully it’ll be good. GEEK! will keep you updated on any dates for the Service Pack’s launch as soon as they arise.
According to Techtree, Microsoft has said that the release candidate of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista will be available sometime next week. No official date was disclosed.
Also on the above site, it was mentioned that the file sizes will be 302MB for the 32-bit standalone installer and will come with 5 languages. However, the 64-bit version will be a more alarming 508MB so anyone with low bandwidth available on their broadband packages ought to really decide if it will be better to just wait for the final release, which is still due in the second-quarter of 2009.
As usual, as soon as the RC is released there will be news here on GEEK!, and it will be reviewed here shortly after, so stay tuned.