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November 5, 2006

Windows Vista RTM on Monday?

Posted by David Hunter at 6:14 PM ET.

The rumor had been RTM on the 8th, but Paul Thurrott has an exclusive tip that it may now be the 6th:

My sources at the software giant confirmed this weekend that Microsoft is set to finalize Windows Vista as early as Monday and release the product to manufacturing.

In its quest to finalize Windows Vista, Microsoft has faced two hurdles in recent days, one technical and one a bit more unusual. The proposed final build was marred by a few late breaking bugs, which the company expects to squash over the weekend. Meanwhile, a power outage in the Windows build lab Friday night prevented Microsoft from creating a new Vista build that night.

Expect availability to OEMs, businesses with volume purchase agreements, and MSDN subscribers to follow in very short order as there’s no point in delaying until the November 30 USA launch event (Nov. 23 in Canada).

Filed under Microsoft, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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    [...] We were expecting to see Vista today, but Office 2007 is first off the mark to go gold: Microsoft Corp. today announced the completion of the 2007 Microsoft Office system code and confirmed its release to manufacturing (RTM). This gold code milestone concludes the largest Microsoft Office beta program to date, with more than 3.5 million people downloading Beta 2. The unprecedented quantity of feedback from beta testers and customers helped the Office development team effectively validate product quality and optimize performance. Microsoft Office RTM also marks a critical step toward worldwide business availability of the 2007 Office system, Windows Vistaâ„¢ operating system and Exchange Server 2007 on Nov. 30, 2006. To underscore the significance of this new day for business, Microsoft executives will participate in events around the globe, including an event with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in New York. General availability of the products will follow in early 2007. [...]

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