Since Microsoft Released Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) on September 1, 2006, Microsoft has "Forked" the development cycle and began work on the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) builds, which Technical Beta Testers and the Technology Adoption Program Members (TAP) will continue to receive throughout the development cycle. Once Microsoft finalizes Windows Vista later this quarter it will then be shipping the code to manufactures for production, also known as "Release To Manufacturing" or "RTM". Microsoft is currently targeting to release the product to manufactures in October 2006, the exact date is unknown and is ultimately determined by the product quality.
Upon the final release of Windows Vista Microsoft will be delivering five (5) different editions, two (2) Business Editions which is currently targeted for release in November 2006 to Volume License Customers and three (3) Home Editions which is currently targeted for general availability in "Early" 2007, Some sites are saying January 30. 2007 although the exact delivery date of Windows Vista will be determined by product quality.