Windows 7 SP1 upgrade release date rumor (also Server 2008 R2)

Microsoft has announced Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. For Windows 7, it looks like a quick roundup of patches, but Windows Server gets two interesting new features. No official release date for the SP1 upgrade, but read on for a believable rumor. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers prime the download pumps in anticipation.

By Richi Jennings. March 19, 2010.


Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention Nataly and Jack are back...

    Marius Oiaga talks Win7 SP1:

Just a few days short of the first five months since it launched its latest Windows client, Microsoft is finally ready to start talking Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1). ...  Microsoft is also attempting to discourage customers from making the jump to Windows 7 only after SP1 is offered. ... Users, and especially business customers, should consider Windows Vista SP1 and SP2 all the service packs Windows 7 RTM will ever need.


The fact that the software giant is gearing up to release details means that the first release is also taking shape. However ... [Microsoft] offered no specific deadlines as to when customers should expect Windows 7 SP1, Release Candidate or RTM. .

Timothy Prickett-Morgan talks WinSvr2008R2 SP1:

If you were looking forward to a lot of detail on Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 ... don't get your hopes up. ... But Microsoft did talk generally about two new features. The first and most important is called Dynamic Memory ... a feature of Hyper-V R2 SP1 that will allow for memory on virtual machines to be dynamically scaled up and down. ... This means more memory is left over to host other VMs on the same box.


The other new feature ... is called RemoteFX, which is virtualized graphics and media-processing capability that Microsoft picked up with its acquisition  of Calista. ... Allows [a] server-based VDI to give end users sitting at fat or thin clients at the other end of the LAN a visual and audio experience that seemed like it was being rendered locally. ... Microsoft's Remote Desktop Services will, thanks to RemoteFX, be less clunky that it has been to date.

Microsoft's Jeff Woolsey talks dynamic memory:

Virtualization users have repeatedly ... told us ... [To] use physical memory as efficiently and dynamically as possible without impacting performance. ... [But] they don’t want a feature with a performance cliff or inconsistent, variable performance.

And his compadre, Max Herrmann, talks RemoteFX:

RemoteFX is not a new standalone product ... it describes a set of RDP technologies. ...  Think of Microsoft RemoteFX as the ‘special sauce’ in Remote Desktop Services that users will be able to enjoy when they ... work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, watch full-motion video, enjoy Silverlight animations, and run 3D applications – all with the fidelity of a local-like performance when connecting over the LAN.


We announced a collaboration agreement with Citrix, which will enable Citrix to integrate and use Microsoft RemoteFX within its XenDesktop suite of products and HDX. ... We expect solutions from Citrix and other partners to enable the fidelity of a RemoteFX-accelerated user experience for a broad range of environments.

So appdetective feels vindicated:

I’ve been saying this for a while. MS was going to **** VMware with Calista. Citrix have a made a brilliant move by using it in HDX ... and make a better version for XenServer if indeed host based rendering lives up to the promise. ... Citrix is also smart by not putting the protocol into the hypervisor, that is exactly the reason people like me will run away faster from those who do. ... Only certain features will become hypervisor specific. Being open is key to winning here, hypervisor diversity will be normal.

As does Paul Thurrott:

I've been writing about the plans for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack (SP) 1 since last fall. ... Microsoft has confirmed what I've written: The Windows 7 version of the service pack will add no major new features ... [just] some very minor updates.


[But] the Server 2008 R2 version of the service pack will be a very big deal, and will add a key missing feature ... Dynamic memory. Microsoft isn't saying when SP1 will ship, but that's OK, I've written about that too: It's due in Q4 2010.

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