As was the case for its predecessor, Microsoft is not making Windows 7 customers wait for the first major upgrade in order to taste the evolution of the operating system.
Instead, the Redmond company is serving bits and pieces of Windows 7 Service Pack (SP1)
ahead of the actual upgrade through Windows Update.
This is not really new for the software giant, as Windows Vista was treated the same.
In fact, some users might remember that Vista RTM was better and better, as Microsoft delivered multiple performance, stability, reliability and application compatibility refreshes through WU.
This is part of a strategy to reduce the relevancy of service packs in the context of Windows’ evolution.
Traditionally, SP1 has marked the maturity milestone for various Windows releases, including for Vista.
This catalyzed and fueled the tactic, especially for business users, to wait for the release of SP1 before they planned or started migration to a new Windows release.
Even some end users adopted this practice, and delayed upgrading to a new Windows OS until the platform had spent at least one year on the market, by which time SP1 was usually delivered.
Following the advent of Vista, Microsoft revealed that it intended to cut the customers’ reliance on major upgrades.