Microsoft is steaming forward with the development of
Windows Vista. Just last week the company released an interim build, 5536, to beta
testers. Today, the company has uploaded
Vista RC1 for testers to try out. RC1 is available for users running 32-bit
processors as well as x86-64 processors.
Seeing as how this is a major milestone for the development of
Windows Vista, Microsoft Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin had a few
words to say about the release:
You’ll notice a lot of
improvements since Beta 2. We’ve made some UI adjustments, added more
device drivers, and enhanced performance. We’re not done yet, however —
quality will continue to improve. We’ll keep plugging away on application
compatibility, as well as fit and finish, until RTM. If you are an ISV,
RC1 is the build you should use for certifying your application. The operating
system is in great shape with RC1, but there’s still a lot of testing to
do. You’ve come through for us so far, and I’m asking you to once again
put the pedal to the metal and send us feedback. Windows Vista is going
to touch hundreds of millions of lives all around the world. Thanks for
everything you’re doing to help us give them the best experience possible.
It should also be noted that Amazon earlier this weekend leaked pricing details
for Vista along with a suggested January 30 launch date. The operating system
will range from $199/$99.95 for Vista Home Basic to $399/$259 for Vista
quote: Vista is going to touch hundreds of millions of lives all around the world.
quote: Wow! Microsoft should create a TV show Touched By Vista about how Vista changes peoples' lives and brings joy, happiness, prosperity, and etc to all who use it. </sarcasm>