Microsoft has made available the Release Candidate build of Windows 7 SP1.
An un-official build leaked earlier this week and it was believed that Microsoft were planning to announce SP1 at the Professional Developers Conference later this week. Microsoft seems to have released a little early, perhaps due to the leak. Either way you can now download the official Windows 7 SP1 RC straight from the software giant.
SP1 will include RemoteFX which provides rich 3-D graphical experience for remote users. The service pack also will include a series of incremental updates, previously released on Windows Update for both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
RemoteFX is a new enhancement to RDP’s graphical remoting capabilities. The idea behind RemoteFX is to allow for a full remote experiences including multiple displays, Aero and multimedia streaming to all types of client devices including low cost thin clients. RemoteFX achieves this by using a technique known as host-based rendering. This technique allows for the final screen image to be rendered locally on the remote PC after being compressed and sent down to that remote host. The enhancements are expected to greatly improve video streaming across remote sessions which is currently one of the major drawbacks of virtualized computing.
Windows 7 recently celebrated its first birthday after selling over 240 million licenses in the first year of sales. A final version of Windows 7 SP1 is expected early 2011.
Download: Windows 7 SP1 RC