Well a word and an acronym to be exact. The time has finally arrived! We have reached our Release To Manufacturing goal for Windows Vista. It has taken 2 years and 3 months to reach this final destination. There has been 2 public Betas, 4 CTP's 2 RC's and many many EDW releases to ensure the highest quality in our history. And we have done it in 5 languages simultaneously which is a first for Microsoft.
I myself have installed Vista probably over a hundred times through many different methods. I've used the standard DVD method; I've upgraded; I've installed from scratch; used WDS to install over a network and installed on many different pieces of hardware including laptops at work and desktops at home.
Now that Vista is finished what does this all mean? Well for me it's a relief in a way because I now don't have to search for the right build to run and rebuild my machines yet again. But in a way I'm going to miss that because all of us Microsoft folks that have been testing this OS for the last year or so will probably start to suffer a bit of withdrawal symptoms. It's exciting to be able to contribute to the development of a such a significant product and know you've been able to contribute to it in some small way. When products are in BETA that's what we do at Microsoft. It's called dogfooding and I've been doing this for a long time now. Our company decided that it was extremely important that we ate our own products well ahead of there release to make sure they were ready for customers and we could run our business on them in a secure and reliable way. This process which is run by Microsoft IT has helped shape many many products in the past and will continue to shape products going forward. If you want to check how we do this then have a look at the Microsoft IT Showcase Website for all the details.
So now I think its time to reflect on some of the stats of Windows Vista!
That it just a small taste of the some 2800 new features in the OS so keep going to the Windows Vista website for all the details.
So to wrap up this post talking about availability is the most important question on everyone's mind right now. Well PC manufacturers will now get their hardware ready for the general release of Vista at the end of January 2007. Customers on our Volume licensing programs can expect to see Vista towards the end of November 2006.
So its been a great ride and now its on to upgrade all my machines at home and work to the final version! Should be fun!