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Manufacturers get Windows® 7 service pack

On February 9, 2011, Microsoft for the first time delivered service pack for Windows 7 to the manufacturers of the original equipment. Consumers are to get the service packs for Windows 7 by next month that is March 2011. Prior to this step taken by Microsoft to deliver the service packs to original equipment manufacturers, Microsoft’s Russian branch first reported the update of the service packs for release to manufacturers and later on to retail customers.

The company plans to release the update to the consumers with the help of Windows Update. However the update with the Windows 7 service pack will be made available to the Tech Net subscribers and licensed customers of the company. The service pack for Windows 7 includes both the restructured adaptation of Microsoft’s isolated desktop client along with other hot fixes. The updated service pack also includes a dynamic memory support. This memory support is specially meant for Hyper V in the R2 version of Windows Server. Regarding this updated memory feature Michael Kleef, who holds a senior position in the technical team of the company, clarifies on the service blog of the company that the changed and enhanced memory of the service pack alone has increased the machine density within the companies’ parameters only.

The service blog of the company further highlights the importance of this change in the memory status of the updated version. The dynamic memory while allowing the increase in the machine density also retains the resources present without having to lose performance or efficiency. Microsoft itself tested the updated service in their lab and found that with Windows 7 SP1 there is a forty percent increase in the density of the machine. This achievement was possible only with the help of incorporating the dynamic memory change.

The other technology that has been incorporated in to the updated service pack of Windows7 is Remote FX.  Remote FX facilitates the delivery of a rich user understanding for the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure as it provides a 3D virtual adapter along with intelligent codecs. It also has the ability to convey USB devices in virtual machines. Remote FX is integrated with the RDP protocol that makes it possible to share encryption as well as authentication and management along with providing device support. Remote FX also delivers a highly productive user experience for desktops that are session-based. Remote FX therefore virtualises the graphical processing unit and allows the thin client machines to run applications on its hardware that would not have been otherwise possible. This also helps in cutting down the electricity consumption of the machine.

Microsoft® readies locked-down Windows® 7 Thin PCs

Microsoft is about to bring its Software Assurance volume licensing customers a more compact package with a locked down version of Windows 7 to function as Microsoft calls it a “Thin Client”. Microsoft has announced an upcoming product named Windows Thin PC SKU. This according to the company will give its users dual use advantage with the facility to double up their existing PCs as thin clients. Windows Commercial General Manager Gavriella Schuster explained that PCs equipped with WinTPC wouldn’t need the Virtual Desktop Access license which is a must for users of regular thin clients. This release coincided with the release of the much awaited Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 and windows Server 2008 R2.

The new service pack contains software for Microsoft Dynamic Memory which will allow Windows Server Hyper-V to dynamically allocate more or less memory as required to each virtual device. Also remote FX graphics are expected to be delivered which will bring a boost to 3D applications and also helps deployment of Windows 7 through virtual machines using this technology. RemoteFX was acquired after the acquisition of Calista Technologies by Microsoft. According to Microsoft executives, Windows 7 SP1 client PCs can utilize RemoteFX and turn into hosted thin clients which have the ability to link back to a centralized smart platform like a computer.

Microsoft had earlier offered along with the Windows Vista platform to its users a thin client feature. Microsoft had featured a licensing option with its previous operating system Windows Vista called as Windows Vista Enterprise Centralised Desktop at a competitive price of $23  for each desktop for its clients under the software assurance scheme.

According to executives at Microsoft, WinTPC is a new revised and worked on version of WinFLP. WinFLP was based on the Windows XP SP3 version while the new WinTPC is based on the Windows 7 OS. However, Microsoft has made it clear that WinTPC has no relation to VECD, Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop (VECD) is quite different from WinTPC as VECD was a license program that allows its users access to Windows VDI platform. Microsoft reiterated that WinTPC is a Software Assurance benefit and a locked down, smaller footprint version of the Windows 7 OS that is designed to help use PCs as thin clients.

This is another tool from Microsoft to revolutionize the way you use computers in your work environment. Microsoft is continuously innovating and coming up with new and low cost ways to influence the way you work and interact in the professional environment. It will be available for download from the Microsoft Connect site in the first half of 2011. This will be a public beta version of the platform not a release client or a finished product which will be available to select users to test and find out bugs if any in this platform.

Windows® 7 SP1 in OEM Stage

Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) thus fuelling rumors of its availability to the users soon. The information about it being sent to OEM’s was available through Microsoft’s Russian Technet website.

Windows 7 SP1 will be including a software pack for windows server 2008 R2 and workstation virtualization, also software for Microsoft Dynamic Memory which will allow Windows Server Hyper-V to dynamically allocate more or less memory as required to each virtual device. Software for Remote FX graphics are expected to be delivered soon. RemoteFX brings a boost to 3D applications and also helps deployment of Windows 7 through virtual machines using this technology. RemoteFX was acquired after the acquisition of Calista Technologies by Microsoft. Microsoft still insists these are ‘enhancements’ rather than new features. It is also rumored to include support for more third party federation services, better HDMI device support. The service pack is to look into several serious performances related bugs that might have crept into the original pack.

It is essentially a collection of security and other reliability patches which have already been previously released in the form of updates to the operating system. The first version of service pack has already been shipped to Original Equipment Manufacturers. This was reported in by TechNet through Microsoft’s Russian windows visualization team.

Microsoft Windows ensures software security of its Operating Systems and releases updates on the second Tuesday of every month and also frequent Service packs.

Judging by the time Microsoft took for the first service pack for Windows Vista an early 2011 release seems a good bet.

Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s success stories that it will harp on for time to come. Microsoft will ensure that this success story is carried forward unblemished. Also among users it has been well received and they are eagerly awaiting the Service Pack release. It had received a tremendous reception among users as compared to the Windows Vista. Windows Vista had such a poor reception that it was common for people to downgrade to XP however Vista and Windows 7 were both duly optimized for multicore CPUs and hard core performance in running heavy duty applications. Windows 7 also trumps Vista in booting with XP coming a close second and Vista a miserable third. Windows 7 delivered excellent results and proved its might by beating or coming close to the performance of the lightweight XP in just about every category of performance testing the three Operating Systems can be subjected to.

It comes as no surprise that many are waiting for the launch of a service pack and wondering how Microsoft can further enhance the Windows 7 experience. Sevrice Pack 1 is going to be available in the market soon to answer all such queries.

Windows 7 SP1 in OEM Stage

Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) thus fuelling rumors of its availability to the users soon. The information about it being sent to OEM’s was available through Microsoft’s Russian Technet website.

Windows 7 SP1 will be including a software pack for windows server 2008 R2 and workstation virtualization, also software for Microsoft Dynamic Memory which will allow Windows Server Hyper-V to dynamically allocate more or less memory as required to each virtual device.  Software for Remote FX graphics are expected to be delivered soon. RemoteFX brings a boost to 3D applications and also helps deployment of Windows 7 through virtual machines using this technology. RemoteFX was acquired after the acquisition of Calista Technologies by Microsoft. Microsoft still insists these are ‘enhancements’ rather than new features. It is also rumored to include support for more third party federation services, better HDMI device support. The service pack is to look into several serious performances related bugs that might have crept into the original pack.

It is essentially a collection of security and other reliability patches which have already been previously released in the form of updates to the operating system. The first version of service pack has already been shipped to Original Equipment Manufacturers. This was reported in by TechNet through Microsoft’s Russian windows visualization team.

Microsoft Windows ensures software security of its Operating Systems and releases updates on the second Tuesday of every month and also frequent Service packs.

Judging by the time Microsoft took for the first service pack for Windows Vista an early 2011 release seems a good bet.

Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s success stories that it will harp on for time to come. Microsoft will ensure that this success story is carried forward unblemished. Also among users it has been well received and they are eagerly awaiting the Service Pack release. It had received a tremendous reception among users as compared to the Windows Vista. Windows Vista had such a poor reception that it was common for people to downgrade to XP however Vista and Windows 7 were both duly optimized for multicore CPUs and hard core performance in running heavy duty applications. Windows 7 also trumps Vista in booting with XP coming a close second and Vista a miserable third. Windows 7 delivered excellent results and proved its might by beating or coming close to the performance of the lightweight XP in just about every category of performance testing the three Operating Systems can be subjected to.

It comes as no surprise that many are waiting for the launch of a service pack and wondering how Microsoft can further enhance the Windows 7 experience. Sevrice Pack 1 is going to be available in the market soon to answer all such queries.

Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 RC Leaks

Microsoft has now released Windows 7 SP1 and Windows server 2008 R2 SP1 after the RC escrow and the full RC builds were leaked earlier in this month. It will be available to testers through Technet. You can access the bits through earlier registration or if you do not want, you can skip the registration process and can grab the SP1 RC from the Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc told reports that “We are releasing the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to the public,”.
He also told that “This RC signals the last public beta build to be released prior to the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) final release. As previously announced, the only new features added to the SP1 are the Windows Server 2008 R2-related virtualization technologies, Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.”

So it is very clear that now customer should stop hunting for new features in service pack 1 for Windows 7 client because there are none. Windows 7 is a collection of hotfixes, security updates, optimizations, etc. but if you are an end user there is no feature or capabilities for you.

If you are using Windows server 2008 R2 then you are lucky because you get Dynamic memory and RemoteFX. But apart from these two features, they do not get ant thing else.

However it is still unclear about the possible release date and Mirosoft is not talking much on Windows 7 SP1. Company is finalizing the work because the patch is available to hackers and torrents sources. The version number for SP1 RC is 7601.17105.100929-1730 and is available as a 337 MB download for the 32-bit software and weighs in at 614 MB for Windows 7 64-bit and Windows Server 2008 R2.

It is available in many languages like English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The beta version was expected to available from July 2010 and from this we can tell that this is in fact a release candidate that has made his way. After the release, Microsoft is quite about software and new features. So, it is only speculations about the Windows 7 SP 1 RC and we can see more in near future.

The RTM build is also expected to become available at the end of this year and the general distribution should begin sometime in early 2011.

Windows 7 SP1 – The End Of A Downgrade Era

Microsoft is one of the leading names in computer software for desktops, and it keeps churning out newer, faster, and better programs for users around the world to make use of. This is what makes it a household brand. While many people would choose to upgrade whenever a new software program comes out, there are those that would like to downgrade. Since the creation of Windows 7 SP1, the downgrade rights of XP are now in question.

Back in 2009, Microsoft stated that any of its users would be able to downgrade to Windows XP Professional if they bought Windows 7 Professional. This was only intended to be allowed for a certain time period. This deadline is said to kick into effect by looking at one of two things. The first is Windows & and the second is Windows 7 SP1. The one way to work out the deadline is to look at the release date of the Windows 7. The company has said that downgrades would no longer be able to take place 18 months after the release of Windows 7, and if you do the math the deadline here would be April 2011. The other way to look at it is the release of the Windows 7 SP1 (Service Pack 1). As soon as this is released then downgrade rights would fall away. While there are two ways to work this out, whichever date arrives first would be the deadline.

The problem is that a date for the release of the Windows 7 SP1 has not been announced yet, so customers have no real idea of what to expect. The good news is that even after the downgrade rights have been abolished, there is still a way to get down to XP. This would basically mean that you can switch to Windows XP Mode f you are a non-software assurance customer. Windows XP mode is basically just a built in and virtualised version of the Windows XP, by Windows 7 Professional.

No matter which way you look at it, the SP1 is an important milestone in the computing timeline for both Microsoft and its customers. Microsoft originally wanted to set this plan in motion after 6 months instead of 18, but the company changed its mind after realising customers concerns. They were not so much worried about the service packs, but they were concerned about the limitations of applications that they would be able to use. In today’s fast paced world, it is well known that people want to be able to multitask and have everything they need on one machine. Another big problem with shifting to windows 7 is the cost, as many people’s budges would not easily allow for this.

Customers and important people in the IT community will be waiting with bated breath to see where Microsoft will take them next. The only advice that can be given is be prepared for the change, because as it stands at the moment, there is no stopping it.

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