The highly anticipated Windows 7 SP1 has leaked to the web. The new service pack provides many updates to the platform but does not introduce any drastic changes or new features. The impact of the service pack is expected to be minimal as the service pack is relatively light compared to some service packs in the past. The build number for this leak is 7601.16562.100603-1800.
ervice pack 1 represents a milestone for not only Microsoft but many IT departments around the world. It is general policy to not update an operating system until the first service pack is out. As IT departments are fundamentally cautious, they will not adopt a new operating system until the first major update is completed to remove the intial bugs.
Microsoft revealed its plans for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 earlier this month at its annual Tech-Ed conference. Windows 7 SP1 will include the usual hotfix patches and new virtualization tools in SP1 will help Windows Server 2008 R2 users prepare for cloud computing. SP1 will include RemoteFX which provides rich 3-D graphical experience for remote users. The service pack also will include a series of incremental updates, previously released on Windows Update for both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
RemoteFX is a new enhancement to RDP’s graphical remoting capabilities. The idea behind RemoteFX is to allow for a full remote experiences including multiple displays, Aero and multimedia streaming to all types of client devices including low cost thin clients. RemoteFX achieves this by using a technique known as host-based rendering. This technique allows for the final screen image to be rendered locally on the remote PC after being compressed and sent down to that remote host. The enhancements are expected to greatly improve video streaming across remote sessions which is currently one of the major drawbacks of virtualized computing.