Monday, 25 March 2013
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) - Getting it at home
A fellow Canadian, Stephen Rose of the Microsoft Springboard series posted a blog entry a little while ago about the support life cycle for Windows 7. As you are very likely to have received an automatic update for your home computers for Service Pack 1 starting last Monday (with the rolling update probably lasting another week or so) I thought that I would post a quick update on the life cycle and support schedule for Windows 7. Note: if you are enterprise customer, you are very likely NOT to be affected as your desktop will likely be managed by Microsoft's SCCM or WSUS products.
Here is a quick snap-shot of the support matrix for Windows 7.
Support for Microsoft's Windows 7 desktop platform ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product's support lifecycle, whichever comes first. You can find the complete support policy document here: http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/#ServicePackSupport
Hold on - reading the support document - Support for Windows 7 RTM ends April 2013. That's next month!
Has it really been that long? It seems just like yesterday (while not quite yesterday) that I was working with the MS team trying to identify application level compatibility issues for the new desktop, the answer to Vista, Windows 7. And, next month, we are moving out the support cycle for Windows 7 RTM? Amazing. Well, I can say that it has been quite a ride.
Windows 7 SP1 to start rolling out on Windows Update
Windows 7 RTM Support is right around the corner
Microsoft to push Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to users