On the first day of TechEd here in New Orleans, Microsoft Server and Tools Division President Bob Muglia used the his keynote speech to share the event's most anticipated announcement: Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be publicly available in July.
Microsoft's describes what's new in SP1 this way: "The new virtualization tools in SP1 will help Windows Server 2008 R2 users prepare for cloud computing, Remote FX provides rich 3-D graphical experience for remote users, and Dynamic Memory enables more control to adjust memory usage without sacrificing performance."
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Remote FX (which Microsoft acquired with its purchase of Calista Technologies in 2008) makes connections via RDP much more efficient, speeding up graphics so that users accessing a PC remotely can get the same almost-peppy response they do from their own machine. Microsoft Senior Product Manager Max Herrmann has a good overview on the Microsoft Virtualization Team Blog.
Hyper-V Dynamic Memory makes memory utilitzation on a virtual machine "more dense," reducing the real memory footprint of a virtual session on demand. Microsoft Senior Program Manager Jeff Woolsey has an extensive explanation.
On the desktop side, there are no changes in store for the Windows 7 desktop, just a roll-up of bug fixes and minor tweaks already released.
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