Microsoft Ships Final Test Version of Vista

by admin October 7, 2006 at 11:54 am

Microsoft on Friday released Windows Vista Release Candidate 2 (RC2), build 5744, which it expects will be the final build before the long-delayed operating system is released to manufacturing.

“As we stated from the beginning of Windows Vista development, the quality of the product will always be our first priority. That said, Microsoft continues to target Windows Vista availability for volume license customers in November 2006 and general availability in January 2007, although the final delivery will be based on quality,” Microsoft said in a statement announcing the release of RC2.

Microsoft does not plan to make this release candidate widely available as it did with RC1. Instead, this build will go to a select number of Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants along with the TechBeta, TechNet, TAP and MSDN programs.

RC2 reflects the feedback from customers during RC1 testing, which started at the beginning of September. Microsoft is now in the spit and polish phase, where it wants reports of any issues not fixed from RC1, and compliance testing for third-party applications.

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