New Vista Pre-release due week of August 14 (right now).
Microsoft is poised to release a new pre-RC1 test build of Windows Vista any day now to a select
group of testers. The latest builds include links to Windows Live Messenger, Toolbar, OneCare and
Microsoft is set to deliver a new Windows Vista build – possibly Build No. 5506 -- to testers some
time in the next few days, according to Vista testers who asked not to be named. The forthcoming
build will embed links to a number of Microsoft's Windows Live services.
Microsoft is gunning to release the new build some time the week of August 14, testers said. That
build may be 5506 or a slightly later build, they said.
On the Welcome Screen in Build 5506, Microsoft is including direct download links for Windows
Live Messenger, Windows Live OneCare, Windows Live Toolbar and Windows Live Desktop Mail,
according to screen shots of a Vista Ultimate 5506 build obtained by Microsoft Watch.
In addition, Microsoft is including Windows Live Messenger as an option selectable from the Start
Menu of Build 5506, according to another screen shot of the new build. It's not clear whether
Microsoft is completely replacing the Windows Messenger instant-messaging component that has
been integrated in previous Windows builds with Windows Live Messenger, but it appears so.
Microsoft officials would not comment on Build 5506 and declined to say when technical testers
would receive a refreshed Vista test build.
Microsoft is expected to distribute an interim build to a pre-selected group of technical and
Technology Adoption Program (TAP) testers only. This build will likely be the last test build that
Microsoft will release externally before it rolls out Release Candidate (RC) 1.
RC1 will be a near-final build of Vista that Microsoft is planning to make available to millions of
testers. According to a recent posting on the Windows Vista team blog, Microsoft plans to make
RC1 available to all two-million-plus participants in the Beta 2/Customer Preview Program, as well
as to other interested parties.
Testers had been expecting Microsoft to deliver RC1 in late August. They are now predicting
Microsoft will roll out RC1 in the first half of September. Publicly, Microsoft officials have not
promised anything beyond a "Q'3 2006" delivery date for RC1.
Microsoft officials also are sticking to the ship dates they outlined in March of 2006 for Vista.
Microsoft is planning to make Vista available to its volume-license customers in November 2006
and to make the product available through all channels in January 2007, unless quality concerns
are sufficient to warrant another delay.
New news and release discussion.
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