Windows 7 SP1 RTM has leaked ahead of Microsoft’s official release.
Microsoft confirmed on Friday that it had recently released to manufacturing (RTM) the final build of Windows 7 Service Pack 1. The software giant has sent the build to its close OEM partners and the final copy has leaked to the Internet before Microsoft’s official web release. 7601.17514.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850 is the official build and several torrent sites are currently listing copies at the usual places. We suggest you wait for the official copy to be released to ensure you’re getting the real deal.
Microsoft fueled speculation of a January release of SP1 when it released a Service Pack Blocker Tool in November. The software maker typically releases Service Pack Blocker Tool Kits around two months before service packs are released. The software giant published a Release Candidate build of Windows 7 in October, marking its final push to RTM. WinRumors expects Microsoft to issue Service Pack 1 on January 18 or 25.
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. Microsoft officials have previously promised that SP1 will be available by March 31, 2011.