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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Partners Say Vista RC1 Close But Not Quite Ready

As most of you already know, Vista RC1 has been released a few days ago to a select group of beta tester. After browsing the blogosphere to collect some general impressions about the new release, I learned that even if Vista is now considered as pretty stable by most testers, Microsoft may not be able to release it on time (Fall 2006) due to various interoperability problems affecting Vista's interaction with existing hardware and software.

RC1 is in the best shape of anything they have shipped for Vista, but in the old nomenclature I would call this at best a Beta Three and not a Release Candidate One," said Mike Cherry, lead Windows analyst at Directions on Microsoft, a newsletter in Kirkland, Wash. "I am always skeptical of a plan that is so good that you know that you are only going to have a single release candidate and then get to golden or release quality code. Instead I think they will do a second release candidate at a minimum and finish up or release to manufacturing sometime in December.

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  • This is being promoted by Microsoft as a Release Candidate 1. By stamping this a Release Candidate product, the product team is saying "We believe this product is completely finished, polished, optimized, bug free, and ready for mass production. Unless you, our fearless users, discover something, THIS is the product we mass-produce and distribute by the millions."

    Except for the inconvenient fact that everyone who has seen it knows that's simply nonsense. In reality, this is a late alpha (unoptimized, feature incomplete, substantial bugs remain) or at best an early beta (feature complete, largely optimized, some bugs remain), but based on reports calling this a Beta is being generous. But to call it a release candidate is absurd. No way! Seriously, we're STILL hearing reports of features being removed from the product.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:06 AM  

  • Based on my experience with Microsoft products they are never quite ready for the production environment until SP1. To judge based on an RC1 is just silly. At home I have already upgraded to a Linux environment and will not need to throw money at Vista. In the office I will be holding off until SP1 before I even start testing our production software on Vista. It is not worth my time or money to go through the hassle of making a Release Candidate my primary OS (which is what is truly needed to shake the bugs out). I don't forsee even considering a switch until January '08, and that is if they release close to schedule.

    By Anonymous Bilal, at 12:23 PM  

  • It should be noted that Fall 2006 is not the release time; early 2007 is the current goal.

    I also switched to Linux. I'll stick with it. Windows is too expensive for its instability. And I'll agree on that "wait for SP1".

    By Blogger Mackenzie, at 4:30 PM  

  • The business version is due for Fall 2006 :)

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 4:37 PM  

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