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Is this the sound of a shoe dropping? Windows 7 SP1 goes beta in July

On June 7 at TechEd in New Orleans, Microsoft went public with an announcement that a beta version of the Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available “…by the end of July” (read more about this in Gavriella Shuster’s June 7 blog). She also has this to say about SP1 and Windows 7 as well “…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” (the italics are mine, but the words are hers, and boy would I love to know what those items might include).

Microsoft is banging the drum hard and loud to get people to adopt Windows 7 sooner rather than later, leaning in part on these words to convince prospective adopters that because SP1 really won’t include any substantial changes in capability, functionality or (presumably) stability, there’s no reason no to act now. Of course, enterprise adoption cycles being what they are (slow, complex, and as much politicially and financially as technically driven) I’m not really sure this will make much of a difference.

All that said, I’m still dying to lay hands on the beta, and hope to find more information about what will be included with SP1 as soon as I can. Count on me to keep you posted as I learn more.

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