Microsoft readies first Windows 7 service pack

A mere five months after its retail release, Windows 7 already awaits its first service pack. As ComputerWorld reports, Microsoft has started revealing details about the upcoming update, which should come out simultaneously for Win7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Quoting a Microsoft spokesperson, ComputerWorld says Windows 7 SP1 will focus on "minor updates" and eschew major new features. Presumably, in service pack tradition, Microsoft will roll all previously released updates, patches, and hotfixes into SP1—but it sounds like there won't be much else on the menu.

The Windows Server 2008 R2 version of SP1, meanwhile, will introduce new remote access technologies labeled RemoteFX. In a post on Microsoft's Virtualization Team Blog, the company says RemoteFX will let users "work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, watch full-motion video, enjoy Silverlight animations, and run 3D applications – all with the fidelity of a local-like performance when connecting over the LAN."

So, when can we look forward to the two service packs? ComputerWorld writes that Microsoft is staying mum on scheduling matters just now, but "a Web site" has pointed to the fourth quarter of the year as a possible release time frame. Windows Vista SP1 came out in early February 2008, almost exactly a year after Vista's retail debut, so a fourth-quarter rollout for Win7 SP1 sounds about right.

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