According to their blog announcement:
With this Service pack, Microsoft is introducing 80% fewer changes to customer configurations compared to previous SQL Server Service Pack releases.
With this service pack, Microsoft has made investments to ease deployment and make management of service packs more efficient. Key improvements in SP1 include Slipstream, Service Pack Uninstall and Report Builder 2.0 click-once deployment.
o Slipstream allows administrators to install SQL Server 2008 and Service Pack 1 in a single instance. This decreases the total time for an installation, including a fewer number of reboots thereby increasing productivity and deployment availability.
o Service Pack Uninstall allows administrators to uninstall the service pack separately from the database release. This feature also improves DBA productivity, reduces the cost of deployment and improves overall supportability
o Report Builder 2.0 Click Once improves the existing SQL Server end-user report authoring application by easing deployment to business users.
It seems this is mainly a rollup of previous cumulative updates and minor fixes. No new features are being released. If you are running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 you should start planning (or implementing) for it now. Download the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 to start working.
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