SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM'ed, Microsoft Announced
Article by George Norman
On 10 Feb 2011
Redmond-based software giant Microsoft has recently announced that Service Pack 1 (SP1) for its Windows 7 operating system and for its Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system, has reached an important milestone in its development process – it RTM’ed. SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing yesterday, on the 9th of February. Microsoft rolled out SP1 RTM to its OEM partners.

What’s next for SP1? On the 16th of February, SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Then on the 22nd of February, SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be released to the general public. Regular users will be able to get SP1 via Windows Update or via the Microsoft Download Center.


“For Windows 7, SP1 will help keep your PCs well supported by delivering ongoing updates, many of which have been made previously available through Windows Update. It also includes client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory which are two new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1,” explained Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager at Microsoft.

“Our first new feature, Dynamic Memory, takes Windows Server’s Hyper-V feature to a whole new level,” added Michael Kleef, Senior Technical Product Manager with the Windows Server and Cloud division. “Dynamic Memory lets you increase virtual machine density with the resources you already have—without sacrificing performance or scalability. The second new feature, RemoteFX, is a first-to-market technology that we have demonstrated at multiple events. 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.”

So to sum it up, by the end of the month all Windows 7 users out there will be able to get Service Pack 1 for their operating system. According to Microsoft, there are more than 300 million Windows 7 users out there. This January Microsoft announced that it sold more than 300 million Windows 7 licenses worldwide.

Tags: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Service Pack 1, SP1, RTM
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