Windows 7 SP1 Coming in July

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At its TechEd event being held in New Orleans, Microsoft has announced it plans to release a public beta version of WIndows 7 Service Pack 1 by the end of July, marking the company’s first comprehensive update to its Windows 7 operating system since its release in October 2009. However, users expecting major new features or enhancements in Windows 7 SP1 will mostly be disappointed: the update will mostly be a collation of existing security updates and performance enhancements already released to Windows users.

“For Windows 7, SP1 will simply be the combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners,” wrote Microsoft Windows team general manager Gavriella Schuster, in a blog posting. “In other words, customers can feel confident about deploying Windows 7 now!”

Microsoft will also be releasing Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2, which will including two new features: RemoteFX, which improves remote desktop experience for end users, and Dynamic Memory support, which enables Windows Server Hyper-V virtualization technology to dynamically allocate memory for virtual machines on as as-needed basis.