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Windows Vista slated to RTM 2 days early

Within 24 hours, the business version of Windows Vista will be complete, if the latest online report is to be believed. This time it comes from a source very close to Microsoft, who has been intimately involved with Vista for years. Can this source be trusted?

In what has been an almost comical set of events over the past 24 hours, reports of Windows Vista going to RTM early and then not have flooded the Internet. Whether you’ve been following the same sites and sources we have, at least you’ve been able to follow the story here on ITWire.

As reported by Mary Jo Foley, the ActiveWin website reported on the weekend that Vista was slated to be released over the weekend. They then received an email from the source of our latest Vista news, Paul Thurrott, that Vista would definitely *not* be going to RTM until November 8. Paul Thurrott has been a fountain of knowledge on Vista for years, has excellent contacts with Microsoft, and in general, can always be trusted.

But how things can change when it comes to Windows Vista in the space of only a few hours. Paul contradicted his own slightly snooty rebuke to ActiveWin with an ‘exclusive’ on his site about Windows Vista launching on Monday (US time, it’ll be Tuesday for us in Australia). To paraphrase, the Vista RTM ‘should be finalized as early as Monday’, with the final build number expected to be 6000.16386.061101-2205.

Paul explains that Vista had some very last minute delays. Apparently more late-breaking bugs were found and squashed over the weekend, while a power outage at Microsoft’s ‘Windows Build Lab’ prevented them from creating a new Vista build last Friday.

Makes me wonder if Microsoft have universal power supplies or an alternate source of power for what must be one of their most important labs! Obviously, if they do have UPS, it didn’t have enough power to help them compile that final build.

Paul also reports that Gartner, who had been claiming that Microsoft would be late with Vista, and wouldn’t be launching in until mid 2007, has issued an apology of sorts to Microsoft. Michael Silver, VP of Research at Gartner, wrote at his blog that "It appears that Microsoft will beat our prediction. We will congratulate Microsoft as they hit their dates."

Paul Thurrott will be publishing a massive, multi-page Vista review very soon at his site. We’ll also be publishing our own Vista review in the not-too-distant future, once we get the final code and have had the chance to play with it as extensively as we can within a short time frame.

So, will Vista really go to RTM on Monday the 6th of November, or will some last-last-last minute bug stall that RTM to Tuesday 7th, or Wednesday 8th, the official RTM date from Microsoft?

We just don’t know. We’re not sure Microsoft, Paul Thurrott or anyone else does either. But barring any catastrophic problems in the next 24 or so hours, Vista RTM is coming this week.

If you thought you’d seen and read enough about Vista, the true onslaught of news and reports is yet to begin. Get ready for an avalanche!

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