no secret that Microsoft is following a more aggressive development
schedule, which the wild success of Windows 7 can be partially
contributed to. The company is rumored to launch the
8, sometime late next year. In the meantime, it's hard at
work making the first Service Pack for Windows 7. Windows
7 SP1 leaked back in April in very early form.At the
Tech-Ed conference today, Bob Muglia, President of Microsoft's server
and tools business, announced two
new features to arrive in Windows SP1: new virtualization tools and
support of 3-D graphics over remote connections, called RemoteFX.As
Microsoft follows a less frequent release schedule than competitor
Apple's OS X, Service Packs are a vital way to deliver new
functionality and to package together bug fixes that have been
delivered separately through Windows update. The new
functionality is handy to all customers, and the packaged fixes are
handy to system administrators and system builders.Windows 7
SP1 is no exception. It's expected to collect many security
patches and performance improvements. Additionally it's widely
expected to deliver Bluetooth and Wi-Fi optimizations. And
perhaps most importantly, it's expected to finally add support for
3.0 standard.Muglia did not discuss these points in
detail. But he did mention that the new Service Pack will come
with virtualization tools to make cloud computing more approachable.
RemoteFX is a key part of this vision. With RemoteFX, companies
can deploy cheap thin clients (computers) that talk to the cloud.
Previously such clients were confined to a drab visual look, due to
resource limitations. RemoteFX uses host-side rendering to
allow richer graphical environments complete with multiple displays,
Aero and multimedia streaming. This is similar to capabilities
of the X Server in Linux (Linux users can use the "ssh -Y"
command to tunnel host-rendered programs).Microsoft senior
director Gavriella Schuster followed Muglia's comments with
a blog stating,
"SP1 will simply be the combination of updates already available
through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by
our customers and partners. In other words, customers can feel
confident about deploying Windows 7 now!"The company has
reportedly bumped the beta of Windows 7 SP1 and it's sister server
OS's first Service Pack, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, from June to the
end of July. Windows Vista currently has two
released Service Packs, while Windows XP has seen the release of
three Service Packs.
quote: 1. Improve memory footprint, this will decrease boot times, as currently they are still way too long
quote: 2. Action Center needs a revamp, it is somewhat confusing for the average user
quote: 3. Backup needs to be improved. I am spoiled with Time Machine for the MAC, can we just make it similar? Pretty Please?
quote: 4. Improve install speeds of mice and keyboards. If I plug a simple mouse into the USB slot it take 30 seconds or more to recognize. The MAC does it in under 5 seconds.