Microsoft have announced via its official Windows Blog that Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be available for public download on February 22nd. Microsoft’s OEM partners (which includes big manufacturers like HP and Dell) have already received the final release. For those with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions (as well as Volume License customers) SP1 will be available on February 16th.
For Windows 7, SP1 is basically a culmination of the existing updates and according to the beta testers there are only a few new features, but to be honest the average user won’t notice them with the possible exception of the small percentage of users with issues connecting their PCs to HDMI audio devices or those who print mixed-orientation XPS documents.
SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 does however have some new features for those who use the server for desktop virtualization. According to the Windows Server Team, these two new features: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, enable sophisticated desktop virtualization capabilities. These features build on the comprehensive virtualization functionality already included in the Windows Server operating system.