Is Windows Vista Back on Track?By Baselinemag | Posted 2006-06-27 Print
Following the May Windows Vista Beta 2 release, many testers said they were skeptical that Microsoft could make its 2006 RTM target. But the latest Vista test build is leading some to rethink their guesstimates. (Microsoft Watch)
After giving Windows Vista Beta 2 less-than-stellar report cards, Windows testers are finding more to like about a new Vista test build that Microsoft made available for download on June 23.
Microsoft quietly released to TAP (Technology Adoption Partner) and other selected technical beta testers the first post-Beta-2 build of Vista, Build No. 5456, over the past weekend.
The new build contains very few new additions and no major code cuts, according to testers. It is mostly a bug-fix build, testers said.
Unlike Beta 2 the major milestone release Microsoft made available for download to two million testers the new CTP (Community Technology Preview) 5456 build has not gone through as rigorous a test pass, according to a note Microsoft issued to Vista 5456 testers.
Nonetheless, the Vista team characterized the new build as "generally better than Beta 2."
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