News about the number of updates from Microsoft since the finalization of Service Package 1 for Windows 7 shows the problems that Microsoft has with distribution of their packages, and also that a new model is needed, because it’s clear that when it comes to updates from Redmond, it is a leaky ship with the hatches open to boot.
There are so many sites with the Service Pack 1 ISOs, and since each seems to have the same SHA1 hashes, we can assume that they are legitimate. Yet, for some unknown reason – there really is no valid reason to keep the release away from the users – Microsoft has not put up the packages for downloading.
Moe information from a Russian website, that seems to be continuously dialed in to the latest from Redmond has put out the news that there are over 100 updates to Windows 7 since the finalization of SP1. Is that really smart?
Looking at it from the long time and widely held perspective that many businesses will not ever go with a Microsoft product until the SP1 is released would seem to make the imminent release of SP1 a foregone conclusion for Redmond, Mr. Ballmer, and the Microsoft shareholders. Though the dollars are flowing well due to the sales of Windows 7, upping the ante by releasing the Service Package would seem to be job one, as the flood gates should open wide.
So why the hesitation? Since most OEMs no longer release a physical disk with the computers they sell, it cannot be that we are waiting for pressings of Windows 7 SP1 on DVD.
The Wzor site has stated that there are already 132 updates to add to the Service Package 2 folder, and that is only for the 32 bit version, there are more still for 64 bit systems.
The release on Neowin is still referring to the ISOs available as RC versions, yet the many other sites also referring to the Wzor leak are saying that the SP1 package out there is golden. Microsoft would seem to be creating more confusion that is necessary by allowing this to stand, instead of either admitting to the leak (fat chance) or quashing the leaks, which are now as regular as clockwork.
This is another point in the story where simply releasing the code could avoid lots of FUD, bad feelings, and general unease… so, again, why the hesitation?