The first service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is almost here. Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc updated the Windows Blog yesterday to say the service pack has hit the release candidate stage, and you can grab the RC right now from the TechNet Evaluation Center.
If you're expecting snazzy new features and performance improvements, though, you might be disappointed—at least if you're a Windows 7 user. As LeBlanc points out, SP1 adds a couple of new features for Windows Server, Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, but really nothing noteworthy for Windows 7 other than previously released updates. Well, SP1 for Windows 7 will "enable PCs to take advantage" of the new server features, for what that's worth.
According to the TechNet site's frequently asked questions page, Microsoft intends to have Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 out the door "within the first half of calendar year 2011." LeBlanc's post adds that this release candidate will be the last one before SP1 goes gold.
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