There have been many small blips on the radar about the upcoming service pack for Windows 7, and many mention it because of the long held idea that the best tie to upgrade to a Microsoft operating system is when the first round of bugs is taken care of.

In fact, many business people seem to be waiting, holding out until that comes along. They have been spurred along by the assertions by some that Microsoft was getting the jump on a service pack, in a change of tradition, before it was really proving to be necessary.

Those holding their breath for it should exhale now, or get ready for the paramedics, according to a story in Maximum PC.

SMBs playing it cautious and waiting for Microsoft to release a Service Pack before making the leap to Windows 7 might want to get cozy. It’s true that a recently discovered Registry Key would seem to indicate the OS’s first update isn’t too far off on the horizon, but according to The Register, don’t expect one to “rock up any time soon.”

Here’s where a little bit of a history lesson is in order. Vista, by most accounts, came busted out of the box. And not just minor niggles, but piss-poor file transfer performance and a bunch of other performance hampering bugs, not to mention various stability woes. Despite limping out of the hyped-up gate, it was still 14 months before Vista’s first Service Pack emerged.

While Microsoft has shown a desire not to make the same mistakes with Windows 7, the Redmond outfit has already succeeded in doing so, at least for the most part. Windows 7 doesn’t exhibit the same problems Vista had, so it’s hard to imagine Microsoft would be in any hurry to pump out a collection of updates.

“Our Partners are also excited for Windows 7, demonstrating fantastic ecosystem support. As of today, there are more than 800,000 unique apps and 238,000 unique devices that work great with Windows 7. That’s more than a million reasons to choose Windows 7,” said Microsoft’s Brandon Le Blanc in a blog post.

So when exactly when the first Service Pack hit the Web? “There is currently no news around this at the moment,” a Microsoft spokesman told The Register.

So, it may be 2011 before the next service pack. I think that it will be a good thing, because it will spread the adoption out over time, and will make people aware of the problems, getting fixes as they are taken on.

I have always thought that getting lists of fixes is a better idea than a service pack, for there always seems to be one out of the fixes that removes a feature that is more important than worrying about the potential exploit of a problem with the feature.

Wouldn’t it be nice if a service pack was delivered as a menu? You could choose to install everything if you are lazy or unsure, or simply check off the parts you don’t want installed due to removal of features you find necessary.

No, that would be too sensible, and would put the customer in charge – Microsoft never wants that.


microsoft-logo No Service Pack on the horizon, or in the crystal ball.