Friday, September 01, 2006

Windows Vista RC1 is released

Microsoft Windows Vista RC1 (Release Candidate 1) was released today to Technical beta testers and TAP members. For those of you who downloaded Windows Vista at its Beta 2 stage through the Community Preview Program (CPP), expect Vista RC1 to be released to you shortly.

Here is a message that Microsoft Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin posted in regards to this release:

To the TechBeta community:

It’s official — Windows Vista RC1 is done!

We could not have achieved this milestone without your support. The quantity and quality of feedback and data we received from you has been essential to helping us progress. Thus we wanted you to be the first customers outside of Microsoft to get access to the bits. Next week, a broader set of technical customers will get them via MSDN and TechNet. But you’re the first! We wanted to get it into your hands asap so you can start giving us feedback right away.

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.


For those of you that are Technical beta/TAP Participants, you can download the release at For those of you that are in the Community Preview Program (CPP), keep an eye out at the Windows Vista homepage for more details in the coming days.

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