Microsoft Announces Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Availability
Microsoft said on Wednesday that Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be generally available for download on February 22. Microsoft blogger, Brandon LeBlanc, in a statement on Wednesday has confirmed this through Windows Team Blog.
Microsoft has officially handed off the final release (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to its OEM partners. MSDN and TechNet customers will receive SP1 on February 16, followed by a general web release (RTW) on February 22. The confirmed final build number of SP1 is 7601.17514.101119-1850 the same build that was leaked last month to file sharing websites.
Today we officially handed off the final release (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to our OEM partners. On February 16th Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers as well as Volume License customers. On February 22nd, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will become generally available for folks to download via the Microsoft Download Center and available on Windows Update.
Service Pack 1 will include RemoteFX, which provides rich 3-D graphical experience for remote users. The service pack will also include a series of incremental updates, previously released on Windows Update for both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
Two new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, will enable advanced desktop virtualization capabilities. These features build on the comprehensive virtualization functionality already included in the Windows Server operating system.
Dynamic Memory, takes Windows Server’s Hyper-V feature to a whole new level. Dynamic Memory lets you increase virtual machine density with the resources you already have–without sacrificing performance or scalability. This increased density does not come at the expense of security, as is the case with other offerings in the industry. Dynamic Memory preserves Windows 7 security without compromising density.
RemoteFX is an exciting technology that lets you virtualize the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) on the server-side and deliver next-generation rich media and 3D user experiences for VDI. RemoteFX is also enabling new low-cost ultra-thin client devices to enter the market. Together, these technologies will drive down the end-point cost and reduce endpoint power consumption to as little as a few watts.