After long running rumors and leaks for a couple of months now, Microsoft has finally confirmed the first Service Pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is on its way. While the latest operating system out of Redmond has proved to be stable enough not to warrant a service pack, there would hardly be any PC users who would say no to a host of new features they bring along.
While Microsoft says that it would reveal the detailed features in the coming months, the couple of things we do know are native support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. On the server front, Microsoft has announced two new features for now:
Dynamic memory is an enhancement to Hyper-V in R2 and allows IT administrators to pool all the memory available on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to virtual machines running on that host as necessary. That means based on changes in workload, your VMs will be able to receive new memory allocations without a service interruption.
RemoteFX is the latest addition to Microsoft’s desktop virtualization stack. Using this new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2, you’ll be able to deliver an even richer and more user-transparent desktop virtualization experience. RemoteFX functions independently of any graphics stack and supports any screen content, including rich content like Silverlight or Flash. Because it uses virtualized graphics resources, RemoteFX works on a wide array of target devices, which means you can deploy it over both thick and thin client hosts and a wide variety of network configurations.
Considering Microsoft's previous release cycles, the Service Pack should hit beta by May of 2010 with the final bits coming around October or November in the fourth quarter. We'll keep you posted as more details about the release emerge.