Well Windows 7 has been RTM for a few months now, so its pretty much a certainty that they are busily working on a the first Service Pack. Windows Vista Service Pack 2 has also been out for a few months now so it is also a safe bet that they are working on the next service pack for it as well. However the Microsoft Hot fix request page now list the them when requesting the patch for KB974090 confirming that “yes Timmy, there really is a Windows 7 Service Pack 1”.
Hopefully Microsoft wont have such a long gap between RTM and the first service pack this time like they did for Windows Vista which was due to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 being on the same code path. Therefore they had to wait for Server 2008 to RTM before they could release Windows Vista Service Pack 1. This time however Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are being released so this should mean they will be able to release a service pack much faster.
What I hope to see is a return to the days when Microsoft Pumped out service pack really quickly. Back in the days of Windows 2000, service pack 1 was released only a few month after it was made available and then it was only a collection of fixes for problem that were found between the RTM and the General Availability. This would also convince a lot of companies take still the archaic attitude that you always need to wait for the first service pack for anything before you start deploying to start deploying Windows 7 a lot sooner.
Any how this is just confirmation of something that we already knew was going to happen…