Microsoft: W2K SP1 Coming in Early July
- By Scott Bekker
Release of the first service pack for Windows 2000, expected
to trigger accelerated deployment of the new operating system, is on track for
early next month, a Microsoft Corp. official said.
“We should expect it
in fairly early July,” said John Frederiksen, general manager of the PC
Experience Group at Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
SP1 has been in beta testing for 45 days, and a recent
release candidate has gotten good feedback,
According to Frederiksen, Service Pack 1 makes no major
“We really have not found any significant bugs in the
product,” Frederiksen says. “Most of the things are very specific.”
SP1 is supposed to include approximately 300 bug fixes.
Many industry analyst firms, including GartnerGroup (www.gartner.com), have recommended that
customers wait at least for SP1 before migrating to Windows 2000.
Windows 2000 service packs will be slipstreamed, meaning
users loading the operating system can install one combined piece of code that
includes both OS and service pack. Previously, users loading the operating
system for the first time had to load the OS, then install the latest service
pack. – Scott Bekker
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.