Now that Windows 8 is launching, those (many?) users wanting to stay with Windows 7 will have been holding their breath for service pack 2, but it looks like it was all in vain. According to sources closes to Microsoft’s engineering team which builds and releases services packs, there are no plans for SP2, which breaks the usual cycle for Windows updates. SP2 would normally be released around the time of the following OS release, hence it was due around now.
SPs are released to bundle up things like monthly updates and can include security and performance updates and support for new hardware. They span monthly updates released through Patch Tuesday; will wrap in fixes to apps like Office; and will impact software affecting the desktop, network and applications like the browser. A single SP means you can wrap up, test and rollout, and update – all in a single software release.