August 29, 2006
According to my sources, Microsoft plans to finalize Vista RC1 this afternoon. The build,
5568.16384, will ship internally today and will be seeded to customers next week if all goes
well. To give you an idea of how momentous an occasion this is, consider that there were more
than 825 bugs in the Vista RC1 build tree as recently as August 5. Today, that bug count is
down to just 7, none of which are showstoppers or problems that would prevent Microsoft from
shipping that code to customers.
So here's the schedule. Microsoft plans to ship RC1 publicly sometime in early September,
probably right after Labor Day. Microsoft will finalize Vista in mid-to-late October and ship
it to its volume-license customers in November. Consumers can expect to see Vista in retail
stores and with new PC purchases beginning in late January 2007. A month ago, this schedule
seemed overly aggressive, given the problems we were seeing in previous builds. Suddenly,
unexpectedly, that's all changed. http://www.win-vista.net/
Tuesday, August 29
A Pre RC1 build, 1 day newer than the public Pre RC1 has leaked online, and is spreading
rapidly over Bittorrent and IRC networks.
Long Build: 55126.96.36.19952.16384 (vista_rc1.060822-1900)
Compile date: August 22, 19:00 (7pm)
Rumors online suggested this is the final RC1 build. This is more than likely incorrect, as
Microsoft sources told Paul Thurrott RC1 will be compiled today.