PERENNIAL SOFTWARE PATCHER Microsoft has finally released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Microsoft made the announcement on its Russian Technet website by virtue of an "About Windows" screen-grab showing Windows Server 2008 R2 running build 7601. It proceeded to confirm that the final SP1 build for Windows 7 will be 7601.17514.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850 and that OEMs were in possession of the Vole's latest consolidated security and glitch update.
Although Microsoft's Technet posting claims SP1 will be released to end users today, the Vole usually releases major patches such as this on a Tuesday, leading Redmond watchers to think that the public download is a few days off at the earliest.
Microsoft divulged details of SP1 back in the summer of 2010, saying the patch would be little more than an aggregation of the security fixes, general updates and various other bug fixes it has released since Windows 7 hit the shelves. Windows Server 2008 R2 will receive a few new features such as RemoteFX, a remote desktop daemon, and updates to the HyperV hypervisor.
Back in October, Microsoft announced the availability of the SP1 release candidate, which weighed in at a hefty 860MB for the 64-bit version of Windows 7. Given that almost three months of Patch Tuesday updates have passed since that release, who knows what the size of the final SP1 release will be?
The Vole has taken the slow route with releasing SP1 for Windows 7 and played down its significance in order to encourage corporate users take the plunge and upgrade to Windows 7 sooner rather than later. For many that hasn't worked, so Microsoft has had to finally release it.
With the news that Microsoft has released the final build of Windows 7 SP1 to OEMs, a long and frustrating wait for those who already shelled out for Windows 7 seems to be coming to a close.
The INQUIRER has a poll up for those who haven't already splashed out the cash for Windows 7, asking whether the Vole's release of Windows 7 SP1 will motivate you to upgrade. It's located near the bottom on the right-hand side of The INQUIRER's front page. µ