We are very proud to announce the release of the first service pack for SQL Server 2008.

With the release of SQL Server 2008 we have also made great investments in the installer.  I am sure you have all noticed that the setup experience is completely different from the previous version of SQL Server.  By doing this we have made way for a long requested feature for SQL Server, slipstreaming of service packs.  Our good friend Peter Saddow has listed the steps to follow to create your own slipstreamed install package here

Other nice improvements are the ability to uninstall the service pack and the support for click-once deployment of Report Builder 2.0. Also notice that SQL Server 2008 SP1 has 80% fewer fixes than SQL Server 2005 SP1!

So big thumbs up for the SQL Server team!

The official announcement can be found on the Data Platform Insider blog.
You can download SQL Server 2008 SP1 here.

*EDIT*
This post is an absolute must-read regarding SQL Server 2008 SP1 (thanks Bob!)