Microsoft readies Windows 7 SP1 for release

Microsoft has made the release candidate for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 available for general download, confirming a round-up of security fixes and a smattering of fresh features.

Microsoft readies Windows 7 SP1 for release

According to Microsoft, the only new features on show were in Windows Server 2008 and included Dynamic Memory and Remote FX.

The release candidate means a final stable version can be expected in the coming weeks.

Microsoft said RemoteFX was designed to improve graphics performance for remote users on, say, thin clients to make the remote experience feel more like sitting in front of a fully-featured computer.

Whether end users were using multiple monitors, 3D gaming or video editing applications, Microsoft claimed RemoteFX made Remote Desktop Protocal exchanges more fluid.

According to Microsoft, Dynamic Memory enables servers running Hyper-V for server virtualisation to use memory more more efficiently, because the “software pools and distributes memory among the virtual machines running on a physical host”.

Although the Windows 7 SP1 doesn’t include these features, the update will enable PCs running Windows to take advantage of the server features, delivering, says Microsoft, “a more scalable and richer virtual desktop infrastructure experience”.

You can download the RC of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 from Microsoft’s download centre.

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