Microsoft announced today the release of Windows Vista Release Candidate 2. Initially, RC2 release will only be rolled out to Beta testers, TAP Testers, and MSDN / Technet subscribers. Key improvements to the RC1 launch include upgrades in performance and stability. A number of the bugs reported by Beta testers have been fixed for the RC2 release according to Microsoft. Tester feedback from the RC1 release has been cited as a major resource in improving the overall quality of the software.
The latest test build, referred to as build 5744, will be the final release of the operating system in a test format before being sent to manufacturing. Microsoft remains confident they will meet their deadline of November 2006 for volume license customers, and January 2007 for everybody else.
This release, as well as the release of the RC1 version of Windows Vista, marks the end of a long series of delays that have plagued Microsoft since the development of Windows Vista was officially announced. It appears that Microsoft is on track to deliver the first major upgrade to their venerable Windows operating system in five years.
For more information about the RC2 release visit the links below:
The Eweek article: Vista Enters Home Stretch with RC2 Release
PC World Blog: Have You Seen Windows Vista RC2?