Microsoft has announced the release to manufacturing of the first service pack for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Though this is a major milestone for both OSs, SP1 adds no significant new features to Windows 7. Instead the service pack consists mostly of previously released fixes. Although there are no major new features or user-experience changes, Microsoft did include an updated version of Remote Desktop Services, better support for third-party federation services, and improved HDMI audio device performance.
On Server 2008 R2, SP1 adds two major new features that expand the product’s virtualization capabilities.
- RemoteFX. A significant advance to Microsoft’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure capabilities, RemoteFX allows you to utilize a GPU in the server to deliver rich desktop experiences on thin client desktop hardware, including hardware-accelerated media playback and Direct3D animation. To the client OS, it appears that it has dedicated 3D graphics hardware.
- Dynamic Memory. Dramatically increases the number of possible virtual machines that a particular server can accommodate simultaneously without affecting performance or scalability. Dynamic Memory partitions available memory resources to VMs on the fly, without any interaction required from the administrator.
On February 22nd, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will become generally available for download via the Microsoft Download Center and available on Windows Update.