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by Mike Zazaian September 2, 2006 - 6:38pm, 4 Comments

After a lackluster Windows Vista Beta Build 5536, and a more fit-and-finished Build 5552, Microsoft has finally thrown in the beta hatchet and announced that Windows Vista RC 1 is available only to members of Microsoft’s TechBeta or TAP programs.Windows Vista

The blog posting comes after a recent announcement by Microsoft Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin:

Youll notice a lot of improvements since Beta 2. Weve made some UI adjustments, added more device drivers, and enhanced performance. Were not done yet, however quality will continue to improve. Well 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.

If you’ve got a hankering for Vista RC 1 but aren’t a TechBeta or TAP member, don’t fret. Microsoft plans to make RC1 available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers next week, and to the general public shortly thereafter. Also, anyone who participated in testing of Beta 2 will also be given the opportunity to download/order RC1. The finished version of Windows Vista is expected to hit shelves in early January, 2007.
Despite the early delays in the development of Longhorn, and all of the disasters that surrounded Windows Future File System and other such unfulfilled promises, Windows seems to be getting its act together in recent days and is really showing some great stuff with the last few Vista Releases. Check back soon for a full report on Windows Vista RC 1.