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Microsoft is to release a new CTP build of Vista on the 21st

According to Vista beta testers, Microsoft is expected to release the latest (Community Technology Preview) CTP of Windows Vista on Tuesday. At the same time, the Redmond-based company will also release the first beta of developmental tools for the new operating system.

The February CTP will be a “feature complete release” according to Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin. Regular users (not just beta testers) can expect a Customer Preview Program (CPP) release of Vista some time in April.

The last CTP for Windows Vista was released to testers on December 19th. That release saw a drastically revamped setup process, a new Start button/menu system, the first integration of Windows Defender along with a host of updates to long-standing applications like Windows Media Player.

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By Perium on 2/17/2006 5:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn anyone know if this will have EFI support and the new graphics standard. UDI (cant rembet acronym). Ive been watching mac communities that are trying to get this to dual boot and im extremly interested in this.

RE: Questions
By ChronoReverse on 2/17/2006 6:04:17 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if it's really "feature complete" it should have EFI since Vista is supposed to support that.

I wonder how long it'll take to make it work with the new Macs if this is true.

RE: Questions
By raskren on 2/17/2006 7:24:22 PM , Rating: 3
In the recent Tech Beta chat, the team stated that this release would not support booting on a Mactel. Don't expect this to happen until at least Beta 2 or possibly RTM.

RE: Questions
By PLaYaHaTeD on 2/17/2006 7:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
I hope they are aware of the consequences if they don't find a way before February 24th, because that is when my macbook pro arrives :)

If they don't.... I'm going to force steve jobs and bill gates to make out while watching 'The Incredibles' on a Windows Media Center Edition laptop that can dual boot the hacked version of os x Tiger 10.4.

RE: Questions
By DFranch on 2/17/2006 8:31:29 PM , Rating: 3
Wow . . . I find myself . . strangely aroused.

RE: Questions
By jamesbond007 on 2/17/2006 10:52:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, me too! =P I haven't been following the Vista bangwagon much, but that little snippet caught my attention and I suddenly began to drool.

However, I don't have another PC to test Vista on to see if my existing apps work... =/

RE: Questions
By White Widow on 2/17/2006 11:27:07 PM , Rating: 1
Just grab a 30-day free prievew of VMWare

What IF MS is early?
By Anemone on 2/19/2006 10:30:54 AM , Rating: 2
I was thinking as I read this, that a lot of hardware vendors are promising certain items "before Vista". What would happen if, unlike MS historically, they were actually able to deliver Vista early?

I'm thinkin a lot of press releases will come out announcing the eating of much crow. :)

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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