Microsoft Spills Details About Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows-7 You have heard the rumors before, but now it is official. Microsoft has announced Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

As expected, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 would be a minor upgrade. It will mostly be a collection of previously released updates rolled into a single deployer. The only significant new feature would be provided through an updated Remote Desktop client, which would take advantage of RemoteFX.

Speaking about RemoteFX, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 would be a fairly major update and will introduce two new features – RemoteFX and Dynamic memory.

The previously mentioned RemoteFX will be the latest addition to Microsoft’s desktop virtualization stack. It will allow remote workers to enjoy the same rich user experience over a network as with a locally executing desktop. This will include audio, video, rich media, Silverlight and even 3D graphics.

Dynamic memory is an enhancement to Hyper-V which will enable higher consolidation/VM density ratios suitable for servers and VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) deployments.

Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc refused to specify any dates, but promised to reveal more details once we get close to the milestone release. Windows 7 is a fairly polished and a mature product, hence big updates were never expected. In fact, “Don’t wait – go ahead and deploy… you know you want to!”, was LeBlanc’s advice to corporates waiting for the first service pack.

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