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October 6, 2006

Microsoft releases Vista RC2

Posted by David Hunter at 6:25 PM ET.

As had been expected, Microsoft today unleashed Release Candidate 2 of Windows Vista:

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.

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

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One Response to “Microsoft releases Vista RC2”

  1. Some rain on the Vista parade -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] After releasing Vista Release Candidate 2 on Friday, Microsoft pulled the public download on Monday, but that was because it had already hit the download limit they had planned. More ominous is that RC2 testers are still spotting obvious problems (e.g. [1], [2], [3], [4]) including Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Microsoft Client Marketing, Mike Sievert, who hit a Vista bug during his demo keynote at the Digital Life 2006 show. Of course this isn’t entirely unexpected, but some are regressions from RC1. I’m guessing there will be a nice juicy service pack in short order after launch. [...]

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