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Windows 7 SP1 Down to the Wire

You can get your hands on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 as of last week. It's a release candidate, with the final version due some time early next year.

If virtualization means nothing to you, then SP1 probably hasn't registered on your radar. Other than security updates and fixes, you might find two new features for Windows Server 2008 R2 of interest: dynamic memory, for pooling available memory for use with virtual machines; and RemoteFX, which improves graphics performance out to thin clients (for streaming results for your company's unofficial fantasy football league, of course).

Windows 7 SP1 might seem like a pivotal release, if you tend to believe in the idea that no one upgrades or migrates to any new OS before the first service pack, at the very least. But the numbers of Windows 7 converts one year later -- about 240 million licenses, according to the company -- appear to have disproved that notion. Or maybe it proves the theory of some that Windows 7 might be a Vista update.

Have you upgraded your company to Windows 7 already, or are you waiting for the SP1 release? (We'd also be interested in hearing if your company plans to stick with XP, insane as that sounds.)
-Michael Domingo

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/01/2010 at 1:18 PM


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