At this week’s TechEd 2010 conference, Microsoft officially announced the impending arrival of Windows 7 Service Pack 1. The update, expected to arrive in July, includes a combination of updates available now through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on customer and partner feedback. However, there will be no new features added to the OS itself.
But in my mind, this is one of those “no news is good news” kind of things. Windows 7 is the best Windows operating system I’ve ever used and there’s no need to make any radical changes at this point. And since I have Windows Update set to install automatically, I doubt I’ll see any major differences in my day-to-day computing either after the Service Pack is installed.
Still, if you’re one of those “I’ll wait for the Service Pack” holdouts who likes to see a new OS get its first big patch before you buy, then get ready – your time is almost here.
I.T. admins, on the other hand, do have some exciting features to look forward to next month in the Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack, arriving at the same time as the Windows 7 one. Most notably, there will be additional capabilities to aid in virtualization. These include Microsoft RemoteFX, a remote desktop feature that provides full fidelity of users’ workspaces over remote connections and Dynamic Memory, an enhancement to Windows Server Hyper-V which allows the server to dynamically allocate memory to virtual machines.