Microsoft Corp. Friday released what it believes will be the last test version of Windows Vista before the product is released to manufacturing.
The company made Vista Release Candidate 2 (RC2), or build No. 5744, available to participants of its Customer Preview Program, as well as to TechBeta, TechNet, Technology Adoption Program and MSDN members.
Microsoft said that it is still on target to release Vista to business customers next month and consumers in January 2007, though the company continues to give itself an out to miss those dates by saying that the quality of the product is its highest priority.
Microsoft’s Nick White posted a letter from Jim Allchin which included:
We are just around the corner from RTM and shipping this great product to the world. This will be the last build made available prior to RTM, so please keep the feedback coming so we can hit the finish line. Thanks for your help in finishing the job!
Paul Thurrott has a screenshot gallery and Robert McLaws reports that since is the last public beta build, Microsoft will now be adding some secret “User Experience” gadgetry so that the final version won’t all be anticlimax.