Microsoft today officially handed off the final release (RTM) of
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to its OEM partners and announced that the Windows 7 SP1 will be made generally available for download on February 22.
On February 16th Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be
available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers as well as Microsoft's
Volume License customers. On February 22nd, Windows 7 and Windows
Server 2008 R2 SP1 will become generally available for everyone to
download via the Microsoft Download Center and available on Windows
Two new features in Windows Server SP1, Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX,
enable sophisticated desktop virtualization capabilities. These
features build on the 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 userws increase virtual machine density
with the resources they already have?without sacrificing performance
or scalability. In Microsoft's lab testing, with Windows 7 SP1 as the
guest operating system in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
scenario, Microsoft's engineers have seen a 40% increase in density
from Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM to SP1. This increase was achieved
simply by enabling Dynamic Memory, Microsoft said.
Dynamic Memory also preserves Windows 7 security without compromising
In addition, users get immediate benefit from the moment they turn on
the virtual machine. There?s no waiting for memory management
algorithms to work.
The second new feature, RemoteFX, is a first-to-market technology
that Microsoft has demonstrated at multiple events.
RemoteFX is a technology that lets users virtualize the Graphical
Processing Unit (GPU) on the server side and deliver 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.
Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 will Release to
Manufacturing (RTM) today. On February 16, both will be available to
current Microsoft's customers of the Windows Volume Licensing
program, as well as subscribers to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN)
and TechNet. On February 22, both will be available to all users
through Windows Update and will also come preinstalled on new servers.