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It's unclear whether the Win7 SP1 build has USB 3.0 support or enhanced Bluetooth and Wi-fi stacks implemented

The reports that Microsoft will soon deliver the first service packs of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 seem likely to be true, judging by a recently leaked version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

Service packs provide Microsoft with the opportunity to package together bug fixes and security fixes (which have typically been previously delivered piece-wise to consumers over Windows Update).  They also provide a place for Microsoft to deliver new content.  As Microsoft's retail releases come less frequently than those of its chief competitor Apple, Service Packs are crucial to Microsoft's OSs having a healthy lifecycle.

The recently leaked build has the id 
6.1.7601.16537.amd64fre.win7.100327-0053, which indicates that it was compiled on March 27 on an AMD 64-bit processor.  The build is easy to find on torrent sites and is a quick install, but it has not yet been determined whether it contains fully working versions of Windows 7 SP1's biggest expected improvements -- USB 3.0 support and refined versions of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Microsoft has sold over 90 millions Windows 7 licenses to date, making it the fastest selling operating system to date.  Critically acclaimed, the new OS has done much to dispel the stereotype among some consumers that Microsoft makes ugly, unresponsive, or buggy operating systems, which some customers have long insisted to be true.  The OS has jumped to over 10 percent market share since its release on October 22, 2009.

Windows 7 SP1 is expected to land sometime in September of this year, with a beta build in June.

Microsoft is reportedly stepping up its development cycle and is currently building early test builds of the Windows 7 successor, Windows 8.  Sources at Microsoft and leaked roadmaps indicate that the new operating system will be released sometime next year.  Contractors who have worked with the upcoming product have bragged that it is "revolutionary" and unlike past versions of Windows.

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Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By Connoisseur on 4/7/2010 11:04:12 AM , Rating: 4
The new OS is going to be an alteration of Windows 7 with a few more features that'll make life easier for the consumer. There's nothing wrong with that. Unless the new OS is a blank interface that can read your mind, the word "revolutionary" should be banned from their marketing scheme.

RE: Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By Inkjammer on 4/7/2010 11:32:04 AM , Rating: 5
If we ban "revolutionary", Steve Jobs won't know what to call anything! Along with "magical", "stunning", "phenomenal" "amazing", "incredible", "awesome", "tremendous", "gorgeous" and "beautiful".

RE: Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By Shig on 4/7/10, Rating: -1
RE: Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By wushuktl on 4/7/2010 12:30:51 PM , Rating: 5
That's really clever to put the dollar sign in place of the S in the abbreviation of Microsoft. I am really impressed

RE: Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By ClownPuncher on 4/7/10, Rating: -1
RE: Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By ClownPuncher on 4/7/10, Rating: -1
By gralex on 4/9/2010 11:04:11 AM , Rating: 1
Welcome to the DT comments section:-) People here get a little trigger-happy when your delivery lacks the clarity of a 1990's Bruce Willis comeback line... Or maybe the use of the word "stupid" right next to the word "American" is a mortal sin, regardless of context.

Your controversial first sentence was oxymoronic (hence blatantly sarcastic even without the help of the eyeroll). But what I find absolutely fascinating is that your reply got downrated! Oh well...

RE: Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By mfenn on 4/7/2010 12:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, do you even know what that means?

RE: Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By bupkus on 4/7/2010 12:58:30 PM , Rating: 3
He must be comfusing Windows with the iPad OS.

RE: Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By bupkus on 4/7/2010 1:00:34 PM , Rating: 3
Please excuse the type; I just got up and my eyes haven't yet focused.

By bupkus on 4/7/2010 1:09:16 PM , Rating: 4
Can I please stop compounding the "typos" ???

RE: Wish they'd stop using "revolutionary"
By perspicacity on 4/7/2010 11:54:15 PM , Rating: 3
I wouldn't use the term "revolutionary", either... but Windows has been "truly multi-threaded" since 1993 with Windows NT and again in 1995 with Windows 95.

On the other hand, the Mac OS was still a cooperative multitasking engine until Mac OS/X, released in 2001. Anybody remember how technically primitive the Mac OS was before OS/X?

By seamonkey79 on 4/8/2010 1:15:41 AM , Rating: 2
Painfully remembered.

By PitViper007 on 4/8/2010 12:19:36 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have to remember. We still use OS 9.2 on a "limited" number of machines where I work. OI!!!

By themaster08 on 4/7/2010 1:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
not forgetting "seamlessly".

By BruceLeet on 4/7/2010 3:15:04 PM , Rating: 3
They use the term Revolutionary solely because there is a poster on Dailytech that goes by the name of reader1.

By Sazar on 4/7/2010 6:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
I concur. Drop the R from the word and I think it would be more appropriate, especially for the past couple of iterations of their operating systems :D

Evolutionary FTW !!!

Not exactly AMD
By bwmccann on 4/7/2010 11:38:06 AM , Rating: 5
The name 6.1.7601.16537.amd64fre.win7.100327-0053 doesn't mean it was compiled on an AMD system. AMD created the 64bit archecticture that both Intel and AMD use today. If you remember we used to go to the i386 directory when installing Windows components on an x86 system...same goes for x64 system with AMD64.

RE: Not exactly AMD
By jonmcc33 on 4/7/2010 12:24:21 PM , Rating: 5
I agree. Big goof on Jason Mick's part. It just means that's the service pack for 64-bit versions.

RE: Not exactly AMD
By formulav8 on 4/7/2010 3:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
Correct, AMD64 has been the code name Microsoft used for x64 since the very first XP 64 Bit. Although its quite possible it was compiled using AMD processors, AMD64 doesn't actually mean it does specificly use AMD cpu's.

I wonder how Intel views that code name, since Intel doesn't at all want to use AMD64? They would call it EMT64 (I always saw that as emulating 64 or something like that and I would think subpar for some reason?). Now they basically call it Intel64.


RE: Not exactly AMD
By Lifted on 4/7/2010 5:14:10 PM , Rating: 4
It's not a code name, it's name AMD gave to x86-64.

RE: Not exactly AMD
By Lerianis on 4/8/2010 4:13:22 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you for making that clear. I always wondered why all those files in my Windows/SYSWOW directory said that they were amd64, and I could never find an explanation online.

Now that I know this, I will leave those files alone. I almost deleted them one time to make more space thinking that they were 'unnecessary' files.

RE: Not exactly AMD
By piroroadkill on 4/8/2010 7:14:31 AM , Rating: 1
Intel license AMD64 FROM AMD.

That said, Intel's implementation of AMD64 and virtualisation (AMD-V vs is worse than AMD's, iirc, and AMD slaps AMD-V on everything, Intel makes it a clusterfuck by leaving it out here and there).

RE: Not exactly AMD
By piroroadkill on 4/8/2010 7:16:52 AM , Rating: 2
I meant AMD-V vs IntelVT..

Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair
By raumkrieger on 4/7/2010 12:12:53 PM , Rating: 5
Critically acclaimed, the new OS has done much to dispel the stereotype among some consumers that Microsoft makes ugly, unresponsive, or buggy operating systems, which some customers have long insisted to be true.

Which customers? The ones that gladly give Steve Jobs most of their money, or the customers that don't know how to browse the web without downloading viruses?
The biggest problem with Windows (and any OS for that matter) is the user, not the software.

RE: Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair
By jonmcc33 on 4/7/2010 12:26:16 PM , Rating: 2
The user AND the internet.

By seamonkey79 on 4/8/2010 1:17:01 AM , Rating: 2
The internet is a problem because of the user.

Build is from the TAP
By Bytre on 4/7/2010 4:23:20 PM , Rating: 2
This is from the official TAP program. It is for Win7 and Server 2k8 R2. There are changes in the USB drivers and in wireless services, but nothing in bluetooth. Improvements in this area are not the focus of the service pack, however.

By bupkus on 4/7/2010 1:07:56 PM , Rating: 1
I hope Microsoft's Vista was Intel's Prescott. Windows 8 could hopefully be Intel's Conroe.

Too bad we just can't seem to learn from other people's mistakes.

By ImSpartacus on 4/7/2010 1:33:32 PM , Rating: 2
Have you seen the Courier videos? I'd say MS and Apple are moving into a role reversal.

Apple has always been associated with rarer, more "creative" products that only a few select people use.

Now, Apple has reached mainstream with the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

If released, the Courier will probably not immediately be popular. However, it is attractive to artsy people that enjoy products that enhance their "creativity" and other crazy stuff.

So yes, I think MS is in a position to really pull out the slump created by XP's old age, Vista's failure and WMobile's general suck. Courier, WMP7, and Win8 FTW!

By Modeverything on 4/7/2010 2:58:09 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 7 was a step in the right direction, but I'll wait till MS can lower the footprint on Windows 8 so we run smaller devices like net books on something other then XP

There are many Netbooks that run Win7.

Oh Miiiick
By bill4 on 4/7/10, Rating: -1
RE: Oh Miiiick
By redbone75 on 4/7/2010 11:38:31 AM , Rating: 2
Umm... not exactly the topic of conversation here. Win7 SP1 ? Net Neutrality.

RE: Oh Miiiick
By Smilin on 4/7/2010 11:44:36 AM , Rating: 3
Dont want to report bad news against one of your pet left wing causes?

So you manage to bring some right wing nutbaggery about a completely unrelated topic all the way over here to this topic only because you're too stupid to use the refresh button on your web browser?


RE: Oh Miiiick
By bupkus on 4/7/2010 1:16:15 PM , Rating: 1
Too bad you're at the end of the thread... I'm all out of +'s.


RE: Oh Miiiick
By Smilin on 4/7/2010 2:05:58 PM , Rating: 1
word. :)

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