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.