According to Windows
IT Pro, the final interim release of Windows Vista before release to
manufacturing (RTM) will
come this Friday. Microsoft released RC1 to testers in
early September and the last interim build released was 5728 in late September.
Windows Vista RC2, aka build 5743, will be released to the
usual suspects which consist of beta testers, MSDN and TechNet subscribers.
After Vista RC2 goes through its paces, the final product will be set in stone
somewhere between October 18 and November 8. Windows IT Pro reports:
notes that each daily delay after October 25 comes at a price, however: For
each day past October 25, Microsoft will start to lose languages for the
January launch. However, the company is prepared to do that to ensure that
Vista's quality is high. That documentation also notes that there are over 1400
open bugs in Vista at this time. Microsoft's internal processes require this
bug count to drop to 500 or fewer before they will attempt to go into escrow for
RTM. By comparison, there were over 2479 bugs on September 22.
Vista news has been flooding our inboxes over the past 24
hours. We've discussed Microsoft's gaming aspirations for
the new operating system, seen that the company has high hopes for first year
sales of Vista and noted that McAfee isn't too happy with Vista’s Kernel PatchGuard.