Reports circulating the 'net suggest that Microsoft might be pushing forward the release of the first Windows 7 Service Pack - possibly looking to have it ship before the end of the year.
According to unnamed sources quoted over on Tech ARP
- a site which has been previously accurately predicted the release dates of patches and service packs for Microsoft products - the original twenty-two month development cycle Microsoft had planned for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has been trimmed following the discovery of several bugs in the operating system which can degrade performance.
While most of the major bugs have been fixed - and the rest have patches currently running the gamut of testing prior to general availability - Microsoft is apparently keen to make the Windows 7 experience as pleasant as possible for its customers, and will be rolling the updates into the operating system's first Service Pack for release in the last quarter of 2010.
The move will be of particular interest to business users: many corporations eschew new versions of the Windows operating system until the release of the first Service Pack, in order to allow third parties to discover the bugs and iron out the wrinkles prior to an expensive large-scale deployment. With sales figures for Microsoft's latest operating system already through the roof, the launch of SP1 could very well boost the company's coffers considerably.
Thus far, Microsoft hasn't confirmed or denied the rumoured launch date.
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