We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Microsoft releases Windows Vista RC2

Final preview before next month's release

Microsoft has released what it expects to be the final release of Windows Vista before the OS (operating system) is sent to manufacturing for distribution.

Windows Vista RC2 (Release Candidate 2), which is build number 5744, is being made available to 100,000 CPP (Customer Preview Program) participants, as well as to subscribers and members of TechBeta, TechNet, TAP and MSDN.

The company said the newest build includes bug fixes, performance improvements, better application compatibility and 'fit and finish' work – tweaks to the look and feel of the OS.

Microsoft also said it's on target for making Windows Vista available to volume licensing customers in November and to consumers in January 2007. However, it added: "The final delivery will be based on quality." In other words, if it finds serious issues with the OS, it will delay its planned launch. The company does not expect that to happen, however.

The company will continue to support RC1 through the official Windows Vista launch, and adds that RC1 can be used as the basis for logo certification.


IDG UK Sites

Acer Aspire R11 review: Hands-on with the 360 laptop and tablet convertible

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

See how Framestore created a shape-shifting, oil and metal based creature for Shell

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......