cluberti, on 26 October 2012 - 01:46 AM, said:
Yeah.... that's not gonna happen. The sky isn't falling - not having a service pack 2 (if it ends up being true - MS has 3 years before mainstream support ends for Windows 7 with which to do this) isn't great for some users, but the sky is not falling.
What would the 'Sky Is Falling' look like in your opinion?
Dissected and taken individually any thing can be tossed off as "The sky isn't falling". It is the sum total of events that matter, not the magnitude of any individual event. Slow-cooking frogs never know what hit them until it is too late.
About service packs, if Microsoft doesn't commit to a new practice of allowing direct downloads of refreshed media, to all parties
( not just Softies and Technetters ), well I see no way to spin this as a good thing. It will mean every install of Windows 7 until 2020 ( or whatever year ) will be an install of files dating from March 2010 ( SP1 ) or in many cases Summer 2009 ( RTM ). And those computers will stay with those files until they phone home and tie up your router for quite a long time.
A cynical person might think Microsoft has embedded advertising in the Windows Update page and they are drumming up clicks by eliminating single-file downloads of an entire service pack / rollup.
More logical people know that this ( if it is true ) would be the most nakedly brazen assertion of planned obsolescence they have yet perpetrated.