Waiting for a second Windows 7 Service Pack? Keep waiting – it doesn’t sound like Microsoft will be releasing one.
Sources close to Microsoft’s sustained engineering team, which builds and releases service packs, have told The Register there are no plans for a second Windows 7 SP – breaking precedent on the normal cycle of updating Windows.
Instead, Microsoft will keep updating Windows 7 using patches released each month until support for Windows 7 comes to an end. That date is currently slated for 24 months after the most current SP – that’s SP1, which was released in February 2011 – and would put end of life at January 2020.
The decision not to release a second service pack for Windows 7 comes just at the time when Microsoft would typically be preparing to release the pack.