June 24, 2010

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 SP1 Beta Build to Testers

Microsoft has released a Beta build of Windows 7 SP1 to a limited number of testers.

The build number of this Beta version is "7601.16562.100603-1800" which indicates that the build was compiled on June 3rd, 2010.

If you didn't get the testing build, don't worry. Microsoft is going to release a public beta by the end of July.

Let us tell again SP1 will be a joint release for both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

SP1 will not contain any new features that are specific to Windows 7 itself. For Windows 7, SP1 will simply be the combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by customers and partners.

From the server side, two key new features have been included:

Dynamic memory is an enhancement to Hyper-V in R2 and allows IT administrators to pool all the memory available on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to virtual machines running on that host as necessary. That means based on changes in workload, your VMs will be able to receive new memory allocations without a service interruption.

RemoteFX is the latest addition to Microsoft’s desktop virtualization stack. Using this new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2, you’ll be able to deliver an even richer and more user-transparent desktop virtualization experience. RemoteFX functions independently of any graphics stack and supports any screen content, including rich content like Silverlight or Flash. It also enhances the end-user’s hardware experience with support for USB redirection. Because it uses virtualized graphics resources, RemoteFX works on a wide array of target devices, which means you can deploy it over both thick and thin client hosts and a wide variety of network configurations.

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