Microsoft today released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to OEM partners and said that "it'll be available to customers on February 22."
A couple quick things to call out relative to this milestone:
- As part of Microsoft's broader desktop virtualization strategy, two new virtualization capabilities are now enabled in 2008 R2 SP1: RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. Both features provide customers easy to use solutions that drive efficiencies and build upon the virtualization functionality already in the Windows Server operating system.
- From a Win7 perspective, SP1 includes minor updates including some made previously available through Windows Update.
Microsoft also has some updates regarding Win7 momentum and new technologies in development designed for customers to get the most out of their Win7 experience. This includes:
- Windows Thin PC (WinTPC): Microsoft is announcing an upcoming software assurance benefit called Windows Thin PC (WinTPC), which's a smaller footprint, locked down version of Win7, designed to allow customers to repurpose their existing PCs as thin clients.
According to the company, WinTPC will "allow customers to repurpose their existing PCs as thin clients" once it is available for download from the Microsoft Connect test site later in the first calendar quarter of 2011.
"PCs with WinTPC will not require the VDA (Virtual Desktop Access) license that regular thin clients will need to access VDI desktops," explained Gavriella Schuster.
This isn’t the first time that Microsoft has offered customers a thin-client option. With Vista, Microsoft added a new licensing option, known as “Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop” (VECD) for $23 per desktop for clients covered by Software Assurance. (Remember WinFLP – Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs?)
- Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM): IT pros gave Microsoft feedback that they needed an easier way to manage BitLocker, the security feature included in Win7. In response, the company is in the process of developing MBAM, which'll help customers manage and provision BitLocker. The beta is expected to be available in March.
Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 also provided an update regarding SP1 timing today. Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 have experienced double-digit growth since their May 2010 launch. Microsoft typically releases a service pack 12 to 18 months after a product is launched and you can expect that same timeframe for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. The upcoming SP1 will consist of minor updates, including all previously released public updates.
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