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  Exclusive: Vista RTM update
Time: 17:20 EST/22:20 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Vista is getting closer and closer, we have been told by a source close to Microsft that it has already hit RTM although we can't confirm it directly with Microsoft right now, but what we can say is that Vista is available to OEM's on the 8th November. OEM's can start shipping to volume license customers ONLY from the 18th Nov., and to the public on the 30th Jan with an Embargo in place between 18th Nov and 30th. Jan. Let's hope we're right, but with Nvidia launching their new DirectX 10 card on 8th November, things are coming together.

Update November 5th 6am GMT: Final build is expected to be 6000.16386.****** ready tomorrow.

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#1 By RMD (1866 Posts) at 11/5/2006 1:49:08 AM
I'm basically sitting here refreshing my MSDN subscription page waiting for this damn thing to be posted.

I've waited so long for Vista that I'm going to take the leap and install this bad boy on all my machines, with the exception of the primary development machine since VS.NET doesn't play nicely with Vista yet.

I feel like Cartman in the latest episode of South Park. Perhaps I should freeze myself for the next 3 or 4 days so I don't have to bare the pain anymore. :)

#2 By mram (170 Posts) at 11/5/2006 4:23:11 AM
Despite what is posted here, it's not RTM.

There are builds, and every build that is released is RTM-ready. However, there continue to be new builds that are RTM-ready. This means effectively nothing. Every individual department has to sign off on the build before it's considered done. And then when everyone agrees, then it's RTM.

That's why we keep getting new -- and yet the same -- reports that it's RTM. There's no question that there are "RTM Builds" out there, but they are not getting signed off on. You don't have to believe me, but when any of those RTM builds are signed off on 100%, you'll know about it within hours, if not minutes from about a bazillion sources, Microsoft included.

The 8 November date is the internal "we must hit this date" event. That's the only reason that exists, to meet timetables.

There have already been two known "RTM-Ready" 6000-numeric builds, probably more.

So, whatever source saying only to Activewin that it's hit RTM is basically correct yet incorrect. They've produced a "RTM-qualifying build", which hasn't yet passed it's qualifying analysis from all departments.

So there's your confirmation. It's not "gold" yet.

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