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September 1, 2006

Microsoft releases Vista RC1

Posted by David Hunter at 7:40 PM ET.

Jim Allchin’s announcement of Release Candidate 1 of Vista via the Windows Vista Team blog:

To the TechBeta community:

It’s official — Windows Vista RC1 is done!

We could not have achieved this milestone without your support. The quantity and quality of feedback and data we received from you has been essential to helping us progress. Thus we wanted you to be the first customers outside of Microsoft to get access to the bits. Next week, a broader set of technical customers will get them via MSDN and TechNet. But you’re the first! We wanted to get it into your hands asap so you can start giving us feedback right away.

As you can see from Jim’s words above, if you’re a TechBeta or TAP participant, RC1 is now available to you! Soon it will be made available to those of you outside those programs who want to test it. I’ll have word on that next week, so watch this space.

Paul Thurrott already has a screenshot gallery and more:

In an RC1 briefing recently, Microsoft group product manager Chris Flores told me that the RC1 version of Vista is significantly improved over Beta 2, the previous public milestone of the product. It includes noticeably improved stability and performance, new functionality such as Tag browsing in Media Center and an IE feature that prevent incompatible toolbars from loading, vastly improved device coverage, and numerous other improvements, Microsoft says. Additionally, the controversial User Account Control (UAC) feature has been significantly changed to be less intrusive.

The RC1 build will time out in May 2007, Microsoft says, and the company will support it with critical updates and other patches through the final release of Windows Vista, which is slated for late October 2006.

Mary Jo Foley:

Microsoft has posted the RC 1 build, Number 5600, on its TechBeta Web sites for select technical beta testers, including Technology Adoption Program (TAP) partners, on September 1.

Microsoft is planning to broaden the beta to include up to six million participants, total, some time next week, according to industry sources.

It’s nice that the Vista team gets a long weekend, but it’s rather odd the way pre-RC1 build 5536 was just released a week ago to a restricted group of testers and then Microsoft extended the audience to MSDN subscribers and 100,000 of the general public who had signed up for Beta 2. Microsoft’s Nick White says that regardless of the proximity of the dates, the feedback is important, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt morale to finally have a Vista build that drew plaudits instead of brickbats. By the way, Robert McLaws points to a reason for the suddenly frisky performance of Vista betas – the debugging code has come out.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Executives, Jim Allchin, Microsoft, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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4 Responses to “Microsoft releases Vista RC1”

  1. Microsoft releases Vista pricing and Customer Preview Program -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Following last week’s release of Release Candidate 1 of Windows Vista to selected testers, Microsoft has thrown the doors open with a Customer Preview Program (CPP) and also calmed the speculation over Vista pricing. Press release: Microsoft first made Windows Vista RC1 available to a small group of technical customers on Friday, Sept. 1, and plans to broadly release the code to current Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants this week. In addition, Microsoft will reopen the CPP, a popular pre-release testing program, to new enrollments in coming days. In total, Microsoft plans to make Windows Vista RC1 available to more than 5 million customers worldwide. … Microsoft is broadening the scope of the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program, which began last quarter with the release of Windows Vista Beta 2. The CPP enables developers and IT professionals who do not have access to Windows Vista RC1 through other channels to obtain the code and begin testing. Also as part of the CPP, technology enthusiasts are able to obtain pre-release code and begin testing the various consumer scenarios Windows Vista enables. Current CPP participants are scheduled to have access to the RC1 code beginning this week, and Microsoft will be opening the CPP program to new participants in the following days. Microsoft will post RC1 to its MSDN® and TechNet Web sites for subscriber download, and is working with publishers in various markets around the world to distribute RC1 DVDs to readers of a number of technology publications. Not unexpectedly, Microsoft is pushing partners to test up a storm and ISVs to make sure their applications will run on Vista or even better get the “Certified for Windows Vista” logo that we have mentioned previously. [...]

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    [...] Since Release Candidate 1 of Vista arrived last Friday and has now been made available to millions of Customer Preview Program (CPP) members (download here and caveat here), there has been a deluge of news and reactions: [...]

  3. Microsoft ships August CTP of Windows Server Longhorn -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] It may be getting all the buzz currently, but Vista isn’t the only Windows operating system Microsoft is planning to launch in 2007 and it isn’t the only one that shipped a new beta this month, as the Windows Server Division Weblog informed us yesterday: Hot on the heels of Windows Vista RC1, we have now released the August 2006 Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server “Longhorn”. It’s available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers to download. [...]

  4. Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh coming Thursday -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] This is expected to be the last public beta of Office 2007 before it ships early next year. Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh is also the version called out for Vista RC1 and .NET 3.0 RC1 which were also released this month. Filed under Office, Office 2007, Beta and CTP, Microsoft   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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