As I’m sitting here moving data around, installing applications and getting ready for the all hands team meeting next week, the realization of where we’re at in the Windows Vista development cycle sinks in…  RC2 is likely to be my last installation of the Windows Vista product under development.  The next install will be the gold bits.

Now for those of you that have been through this before, you understand what it’s like.  Seeing the end of a project is fulfilling and sad.  Nervous anyone?

Many people have poured a ton of time, toil and effort into shaping the future of computing.  And I’m not just talking about Microsoft employees. 

Microsoft customers and partners have helped make Windows Vista a really cool product.  It’s been fascinating to watch the product morph over the years.  It’s really amazing to think back over the past 12 months.  I think I have installed literally 70+ versions of the product.

So there is sadness and joy as this comes to a screeching halt. 

Ok, the pause is over.  Time to start cranking on Longhorn Server and all of the other products in the development pipeline…  life in the TechNet evangelist hamster wheel.