Microsoft on Tuesday announced that the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate are now available to download ahead of its Release To Manufacturing (RTM).
The release signifies the last beta phase before SP1 makes it makes it to the RTM stage.
In a post on the Windows Team Blog, Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communication Manager at Microsoft reiterated that only two new features had been added to the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 release candidate and that there are no new features in the Windows 7 release.
"The only new features added to the SP1 are the Windows Server 2008 R2-related virtualization technologies, Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX... These features will help customers who choose to deploy Windows through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) by enabling a more scalable and rich user experience," he wrote on the blog.
Instead, the release focuses on pulling together previously issued critical and non-critical security updates and other patches.
Although the Windows 7 SP1 build hasn't added any new features, LeBlanc does note that the additions to the server edition will provide a better remote desktop experience for Windows 7 users.
RemoteFX is Microsoft's Windows Server bundled remote access platform and Dynamic Memory which allows system administrators to more efficiently manage a virtual machines' allocated memory.
The final betas are available from Microsoft's download page and are available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
Previously, Microsoft issued the finalised second service pack for Windows Vista in April 2009, following a release candidate launch in February.