Where is SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1? The world wonders.

Those of you who know your history will instantly recognize the title above as borrowed from the coded message of October 24, 1944 from Admiral Nimitz to Admiral Halsey, which originally read “Where is Task Force Thirty Four?” plus the padding phase “The world wonders” which was designed to confuse the Japanese.

In today’s world, it means that approximately a year after it first appeared, SharePoint 2010 still lacks an official Service Pack. The world wonders when it will show up.

Yes, there are numerous (at least five) “cumulative updates”, but I do wonder what kind of person has converted or is planning a conversion of any large production SharePoint 2007 installation to a production SharePoint 2010 installation without first waiting for the official Service Pack 1.

Having used Microsoft technology since 1987, I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) to always wait for Service Pack 1 before committing to a new major version of anything produced by Microsoft. If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who jumped into SQL Server 7 before Service Pack 1.

Update 2011-05-28: Microsoft says that Service Pack 1 should arrive by then end of June 2011.

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