Microsoft confirmed that the first Service Pack for Win 7 won’t be available before Q1 2011.
Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team (that must be a long name plate), confirmed today that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 won’t be available before the first half of 2011. This is despite a public beta made available earlier this week (download it here).
“Windows 7, SP1 is simply a combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners.” LeBlanc said in an official blog post. “Business customers tell us that they are already seeing the benefit of deploying Windows 7, and industry analysts agree that there is no need to wait for SP1.”
Windows 7 SP1 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) contains to two major features: The first one is called RemoteFX which allows users to watch high quality video and interact with 3D applications over a remote desktop session. This could potentially change how Virtual Machines are used. The second feature is called Direct Memory which dynamically allocates and removes memory as and when required to virtual machines.
Source: Windows Team Blog.