Tami Reller, corporate vice president and chief financial officer for the Windows business, detailed the tremendous partner opportunity with Windows 7 at Worldwide Partner Conference. She announced the beta release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, which enhance the deployment and management of virtualized desktop infrastructure.

The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta is a joint release for both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.  SP1 Beta for Windows Server 2008 R2 includes previously released updates and delivers a number of powerful new features for virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

You can download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta.

In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed.

Microsoft Intune

Reller also emphasized the role of the cloud in Windows and announced the second public beta of Windows Intune, a new offering that uses the best of both Windows cloud services and Windows 7 to manage and help secure PCs.

Windows Intune is the newest addition to Microsoft’s cloud family where -- we’re using our experience with cloud services and IT infrastructure solutions like Windows Update to help customers and partners manage their PCs.

If you just want to take a look, you can check out our videos on the Windows Intune site. To sign up for the beta or watch the videos, please visit the experience Windows Intune page.

More information is available at The Windows Blog (http://windowsteamblog.com).

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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