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As expected, Microsoft today at its Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 has announced the public availability of Windows 7 SP1 Beta, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta for users running the final RTM version of the respective operating systems.

Windows 7

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta will help you:

  • Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
  • Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform
  • Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
  • Meet your users’ demands for greater business mobility
  • Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
  • Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency

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.

Like most of the Service Packs for Microsoft Windows, this one follows in the same direction, containing all the security and recommended updates that you would usually receive through Windows Update. Available in both 32 and 64 bit versions, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 doesn’t offer any new features except for tons of security, stability and bug fixes. The greatest beneficiaries of this release are said to be Windows Server 2008 R2 users.

Windows Server 2008 R2 logo

Windows 7 RTM was announced back in July 2009. It is publicly available since the official launch, which was held on October 22nd 2009.

Download Windows 7 SP1 Beta from TechNet Evaluation Center
Download Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta from TechNet Evaluation Center

Check out our Windows 7 Center for the complete coverage on the latest client version of Windows. [via TheNextWeb]

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