Microsoft Reveals Details of Win7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2

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While we don’t typically cover software updates to even Microsoft’s major operating systems, Windows 7 has become something special.  While the new service pack includes a number of minor fixes and updates, Microsoft revealed an exciting new feature they’re calling RemoteFX.

RemoteFX is targeted at Windows Sever 2008 R2 users; specifically those who work with thin client computers.  Thin clients have a local box that essentially just streams content and software over the network from a server.  This results in increased security and ease of use for IT professionals, but it does have a number of downsides – local users can’t watch video easily, they don’t get access to 3D accelerated apps, and they can’t use browser plug-ins like Silverlight or Flash very well.  RemoteFX looks to change all of that.

So think of Microsoft RemoteFX as the ‘special sauce’ in Remote Desktop Services that users will be able to enjoy when they connect to their virtual and session-based desktops and applications over the network.

But what does that mean for us, most of which aren’t going to be using Windows Server 2008? Well, RemoteFX is going to be rolled into Windows 7 for use with its solid Remote Desktop Connection software (RDC).  RDC lets users log into their computers at home or work when away from the desk and use them just as if they were sitting there.  Typically, this means that app use can be limited, a result of bandwidth, compression, hardware access and a number of other factors.  With RFX, you’ll be able to use Silverlight, Flash and maybe even run 3D-accelerated apps.  In other words, it stands to be a huge upgrade to the usability of the application.

Microsoft has yet to discuss a timeline for beta or final availability for SP1 for either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, but when they do, we’ll be the first to let you know.


Microsoft’s Virtualization Team Blog explaining RemoteFX



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