At last, it's time for SP1 for Windows 7, Server 2008 R2

At last, it's time for SP1 for Windows 7, Server 2008 R2

Summary: I'm hearing from a couple of my contacts that Microsoft plans to announce on February 9 that Service Pack (SP) 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has finally crossed the finish line.

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I'm hearing from a couple of my contacts that Microsoft plans to announce on February 9 that Service Pack (SP) 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has finally crossed the finish line.

(There have been a few earlier reports that SP1 was done and out, but today marks the official RTM announcement, my sources say. I've asked Microsoft officials for comment, but no word back so far.)

Word is that the bits will go to OEMs and Technology Adoption Program (TAP) partners today, MSDN/Technet later this month (WinRumors is hearing February 16, I see), and the rest of the Web on February 22.

Besides the usual kinds of fixes, SP1 for Windows client doesn't contain much new beyond a few feature enhancements. The server version includes two new key features: RemoteFX and a dynamic-memory adjustor for Hyper-V.

RemoteFX is a new graphics acceleration platform that is based on desktop-remoting technology that Microsoft obtained in 2008 when it acquired VDI vendor Calista Technologies. The new Hyper-V feature in SP1 will dynamically adjust memory of a guest virtual machine on demand. (The guests supported do not include Windows XP, by the way.)

As Microsoft officials have said before, RemoteFX is a set of RDP technologies, including graphcis virtualization and advanced codecs. With RemoteFX, users will be able to work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, doing everything from watching full-motion videos, to viewing Silverlight animations, to running 3D applications "all with the fidelity of a local-like performance." In other words, users desktops become hosted as part of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or a terminal services environment. Via RemoteFX, users can access their remote desktops using standard RDP connections from rich PCs, thin clients, phones and other devices.

Microsoft officials announced last year a deal wtih Citrix, via which Citrix will integrate and use Microsoft RemoteFX within its XenDesktop suite of products and HDX.

Update (1:15 pm ET): Here's the official announcement from Microsoft regarding SP1. The dates in my post above are all correct: OEMs get the code today; MSDN/TechNet on the 16th of February; and general availability is February 22.

Update no. 2: Microsoft also shared a rough timetable on February 9 for its Office 2010/SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 plans. Company officials said to expect the first SP, which will be comprised of all minor fixes and updates released previously, anywhere from 12 to 16 months after launch. Those products launched in May 2010, making SP1 due some time between May 2011 and November 2011.

Topics: Servers, Emerging Tech, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Re-writing the OS...

    ...one patch at a time.
    james347
    • Grow up.

      @james347: Seriously. This juvenile behavior from you ABMers is getting really old.
      ye
      • RE: At last, it's Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 day

        @ye Agreed..name me one OS that doesnt get patched.
        Ron Burgundy
      • Really grow up....

        @ye
        Seriously. This juvenile behavior from you NBMers is getting really, REALLY old.
        linux for me
      • RE: At last, it's Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 day

        @Ron Burgundy @ye Agreed..name me one OS that doesn't get patched.

        "OS2 Warp", because nobody uses it anymore.
        Socratesfoot
      • Did you know "I know you are but what am I" is also juvenile behavior?

        @linux for me: <i>Seriously. This juvenile behavior from you NBMers is getting really, REALLY old.</i>
        ye
      • Well ye...

        ...you NBMers only have yourselves to blame.
        LTV10
      • RE: At last, it's Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 day

        @LTV10

        [i]"..you NBMers only have yourselves to blame."[/i]

        Not that I consider myself or some others here NBMers because I do support and use MacOS and some forms of Linux but I prefer Windows for my daily computing and tht is no secret. But you are right I do blame myself. I blame myself for having an Awesome computer that can run virtually any software title I can think of, work with all the hardware I can throw at it, give me the features I need to have fun and be productive and all doing it with incredible speed. I did this on my own free choice as no one said I had to use Microsoft Windows and it was not forced upon me in any way. Since I built my own computer I could have chosen any compatible OS (except MacOS of course). So yes I do blame myself.
        bobiroc
      • Apparently not.

        @LTV10: [i]Well ye you NBMers only have yourselves to blame.[/i]
        ye
      • RE: At last, it's Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 day

        [i]But you are right I do blame myself. I blame myself for having an Awesome computer that can run virtually any software title I can think of, work with all the hardware I can throw at it, give me the features I need to have fun and be productive and all doing it with incredible speed. I did this on my own free choice as no one said I had to use Microsoft Windows and it was not forced upon me in any way. Since I built my own computer I could have chosen any compatible OS (except MacOS of course). So yes I do blame myself. [/i]

        Well bobrockhead, if he doesn't blame you, I will. For being a proprietary tool and an idiot.

        If you were [i]that[/i] secure in your beliefs, then you wouldn't constantly be flooding these blogs talking the Micro$oft party line all the time. You'd just go ahead and do it and use it in secure in the belief that you use [i]'the best OS in the world'[/i].

        Now you're either one of the most insecure tool-fools out there, or we know you get paid to come on here and shill for the man. That's your job. To [i][b]pretend[/b][/i] to be the average Joe Blow, hobby-boy enthusiast.

        So let's knock it off, shall we. The truth will set you free. Always.
        search &amp; destroy
      • RE: At last, it's Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 day

        @ye : Agree. James347 seems veri anti-Microsoft in anything. Probably another Linux zealot. :-)
        Gis Bun
      • RE: At last, it's Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 day

        @Socratesfoot : Actually OS2 Warp was patched years ago... But as you said, it's a dead OS.
        Gis Bun
      • RE: At last, it's Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 day

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    • The MS OS Circle of Life

      @james347 HaHa...funny. <br><br>Seriously though, not bashing but I do think it's more indicative of an MS benchmark in the age of Windows 7. Windows OS are born, coming out of BETA marks sweet 16, the first service patch comes out (like turning 21), everything goes great, SP2 is like turning 40 and the OS starts slowing down and getting bloated, and then shortly later death, as anything else that has to be fixed will be sold and marketed as a new version of Windows and only included in the older version as a matter of public pressure.
      Socratesfoot
      • RE: At last, it's Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 day

        @Socratesfoot

        Sounds like most other OSes too. MacOS releases a few 10.x.x OS patches and then a few years later it dies and moves on and New Features and in some cases breaks support for older hardware and software so you cannot upgrade. Same with Linux aside from maybe the hardware breaking. They have an initial release, some patches, then it dies and a new one comes out. Eventually all support for older versions come to an end. So it is the Circle of Life of Technology be it an Operating System, Software App, or piece of hardware.
        bobiroc
    • Oh look, a drive by trolling attempt. How predictable.

      @james347 Too bad it was nothing but FUD from a typical ABMer. Tell ya what there Jimmy-Boy... name one, just one current OS - mobile or desktop - that does not get patched.
      athynz
      • Better still...

        Name all the known exploits Linux has, that have proven to damage the Linux OS for the last 15 years.

        You can count them on two hands so it should be easy for you.
        LTV10
      • RE: At last, it's Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 day

        @LTV10 : Exploits? Have you seen how many updates are required [not optional] after you install a Linux OS? They may not have been exploitable but still vulnerable. That an the fact that nobody wants to attack an OS that has a combined 1.1% of the OS market share. Hackers/scammers go after the OSs where they can give the most damage. Additionally most Linux users tend not to be novices unlike Windows and Macs. So they can detect something fishy.
        Gis Bun
      • I realize windoze user can be pretty dumb

        But here they all are in a nutshell.

        https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Linuxvirus

        Now if there's something you know about that Canonical doesn't, then do tell. I'm sure they'll be happy to hear from you.
        LTV10
      • Moving the goalpost?

        Or do you think that 0 viruses= 0 exploits?
        Michael Alan Goff