Microsoft Ships Windows Vista RC2, Cruises Toward RTM - 09 Oct 2006

Microsoft Ships Windows Vista RC2, Cruises Toward RTM


Download Symantec's latest findings on Crimeware
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp

Visit our sponsor, who brings you WinInfo Daily Update:

==== SPONSOR: Symantec


Download Symantec's latest findings on Crimeware
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp Laptop usage has become predominant and critical to the way many businesses work. Securing these assets is vital to protect against the new levels of cybercrime of stealing confidential information and damaging a company’s reputation. Laptops connecting to various un-trusted networks in cafes, hotels, airports and other Hot Spots can easily bring infection to your corporate network resulting in financial loss and legal implications. This paper also explains how the world's most trusted enterprise antivirus solution and 2006 Windows IT Pro Reader's Choice Award Winner Symantec AntiVirus provides automatic defense and response for desktops and servers against today and tomorrow's threats.
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp



Microsoft Ships Windows Vista RC2, Cruises Toward RTM
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

On Friday, as expected, Microsoft shipped Windows Vista Release Candidate 2 (RC2), the final public prerelease version of its next-generation OS. However, contrary to internal documentation that I viewed last week, the company has elected to make RC2 available to a much wider audience: Customers who previously signed up for the Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) will be able to download this Vista version.

"Today, Microsoft distributed Windows Vista RC2, build 5744," a Microsoft spokesperson told me Friday. "To prepare for the upcoming launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft continues to encourage partners and customers to test for deployment and certify their products for Windows Vista logos."

According to Microsoft, Vista RC2 includes improvements to performance, application compatibility, and fit and finish. In my own testing of the RC2 release over the weekend, I saw evidence of these improvements: Previously incompatible applications such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 now run without any warnings, and Microsoft has made visual improvements to Control Panel and maximized shell windows. However, given its near-final status, RC2 doesn't include any major new features or changes.

Microsoft reiterated that it’s still on schedule to ship Vista. "We expect the RC2 build to be the last interim release before the product is released to manufacturing," the spokesperson said. "We continue to target Windows Vista availability for volume-license customers in November 2006 and general availability in January 2007, although the final delivery will be based on quality."

Microsoft Co-President Jim Allchin appeared ebullient that the company had finally reached this important milestone. "We are just around the corner from RTM and shipping this great product to the world," he wrote in a message to beta testers and CPP members on Friday. "Please keep the feedback coming so we can hit the finish line. Thanks for your help in finishing the job!"

You can download Vista RC2 at
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp

Note, however, that you need to have previously signed up for the CPP to obtain the product key necessary for installing RC2.

I won't be reviewing RC2 because of the impending final release and the minimal changes, but I’ve provided a screen shot gallery on the SuperSite for Windows at
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp



Windows Connections Conference
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp Come learn about Vista, Exchange, Office and SharePoint, and more in Las Vegas, November 6-9, 2006, at Windows Connections and Microsoft Exchange Connections. There will be exciting announcements from Microsoft that no one should miss! There's no better conference value in the USA this fall.
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp



One common set of controls can help you manage compliance across multiple regulations and standards. Download this free IDC white paper and find out how to map these controls, saving time and expense in demonstrating compliance.
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp

Special Offer--Download any white paper from Windows IT Pro before October 31 and enter to win a Casio Exilim Card Camera! The more you download, the more chances to win! Visit for a full listing of white papers and contest rules



Invitation for VIP Access
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp Become a VIP Monthly Pass subscriber and get instant online access to every article published in our network. This includes full Web access to Windows IT Pro magazine, SQL Server Magazine, Exchange and Outlook Administrator newsletter, Windows Scripting Solutions newsletter, and Windows IT Security newsletter--that’s over 26,000 articles at your fingertips. Sign up now for only $29.95 per month:
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp



About the newsletter -- [email protected]
About technical questions --
About product news -- [email protected]
About your subscription -- [email protected]
About sponsoring an UPDATE -- [email protected]



Be sure to add [email protected] to your list of allowed senders and contacts.

Take a look at all of our technology newsletters:
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp

This email newsletter is by the same people who create Windows IT Pro Magazine every month. Check it out!
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp



You are subscribed as %%$email%%

You are receiving this email message because you subscribed to this newsletter on our Web site. To unsubscribe, click the unsubscribe link: %%UNSUB_HREF%%

View the Windows IT Pro privacy policy at
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp

============================================ Windows IT Pro is a division of Penton Media Inc.
221 East 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538
Attention: Customer Service Department
Copyright 2006, Penton Media Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.