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Tuesday, 05 September 2006 14:31
Partners Say Vista RC1 Close But Not Quite Ready
First release candidate moves into broadscale partner testing


By Paula Rooney, CRN
2:35 PM EDT Tue. Sep. 05, 2006

Microsoft is making its first Vista release candidate and pricing information more broadly available to partners and consumers this week. Solution providers who have seen it say it's not yet ready for prime time.

On Tuesday, just days after handing out Vista release candidate 1 to a select number of technical testers, Microsoft announced it will distribute RC1 to current Customer Preview Program testers and post it to Microsoft's MSDN and TechNet sites for download in the next few days.

Also this week, Microsoft said it will reopen its Vista Customer Preview Program to new participants and hopes to have as many as five million people testing the code as the product, the first major Windows upgrade in five years, is prepped for retail release in January.

Vista Release Candidate 1 was released Friday, Sept. 1 to its TechBeta customers and participants in Microsoft's early Technology Adopter Program (TAP), many of whom are partners. Remaining partners will receive RC1 over the next week or so, a spokeswoman for Microsoft said.

On Tuesday Microsoft also announced official retail pricing for the five Windows Vista editions and upgrades that will be available through the retail channel.....More at CRN

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