Windows Vista Is Golden

As promised yesterday and after 5 years of development, Vista is finally finished.

Jim Allchin, the co-president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division has put together a video about the announcement where he announces the General Availability (GA) date of 30 January 2007 for Vista.

Nick White, product manger in Windows client also had this to share with Neowin readers:

"Ultimately, we never could have achieved this milestone without you, the enthusiast community, who have played a key role in making this the highest-quality, most secure, most reliable and most usable version of Windows the world has ever seen. You gave us unprecedented support in testing and providing your feedback while we designed, developed and refined Windows Vista -- so much so that it has in many ways become a reflection of your involvement."

On a conference call with Jim Allchin, Microsoft announced that they will have 18 languages at launch in January and will ship 32 within 100 days of English RTM.

Availability of the RTM code on MSDN is still not known officially with a Microsoft spokesperson citing "within 7 days" after todays announcement. Given MSDN has scheduled down time from 7PM PST to 9PM PST on Friday, November 10th - I'd expect it to arrive shortly after that.

I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate Microsoft, its partners and OEMs and wish Jim Allchin all the best with his retirement from Microsoft at the end of January - good work guys.

View: Windows Vista Team Blog
Video: Jim Allchin RTM
Screenshot: Vista RTM Screenshots
View: Q&A Windows Vista RTM

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So tell me what will Vista Ultimate do that Windows XP Pro can't do now, apart from fancy interface and effects. What features will make businesses and home users life more productive in the real world. Apart from a prettier screen to stare at. Since this seems to be the main reason most of you will be getting Vista. A two to four hundred dollar user interface upgrade.

Quote - Philip Hristov said @ #90.1
Why are you using XP and not Win 3.1? For Win 3.1 you ca use an office package and an internet browser and e-mail client.

You didn't answer my question!.

Quote - Philip Hristov said @ #90.1
Why are you using XP and not Win 3.1? For Win 3.1 you ca use an office package and an internet browser and e-mail client.

Well for one. About 100% of my third party Windows software won't run with Windows 3.1. But it does run on XP Pro. Is their any productive third party software that only runs on Vista. Next version of Photoshop, or heck Office 2007 runs on XP Pro.

What's this I'm hearing about not being able to rip your audio cds or play them. And not being able to use non-drm content?.

True, False, what?

Quote - Mike Frett said @ #91
What's this I'm hearing about not being able to rip your audio cds or play them. And not being able to use non-drm content?.

True, False, what?

False. And neither are aliens going to abduct you tonight - so sleep easy.

Quote - rIaHc3 said @ #90
Its RTM'd today on Nov 9th. Im betting it gets bootlegged about.....November 14-17.


What day do yall think itll get bootlegged??

It WILL be pirated the instant it hits MSDN is my bet ;)

And if the price is reasonable in my local town i will probably buy it
But i wanna try it ASAP

to all MSDN Premium members...

Didnt M$ say that it will be available on MSDN as soon as it was announced gold....and to techet and non premium MSDN will be posted within 7 days

i just checked my MSDN account again and NADA.....

On both MSDN and SA there's a blurb about maintenance being performed tomorrow evening from 7:00PM - 9:00PM PST. I suspect it will be posted during that window.

Quote - subway said @ #94.1
whered you get that date?

I have my source's Wanna bet 10 bucks on it ? I already got the RTM without a PID though

Quote - aniv said @ #92.2

I have my source's Wanna bet 10 bucks on it ? I already got the RTM without a PID though :D

Wanna Share?

Ther rest of us MSDN guys want it and don't care about the PID, we'll just wait to get our official PIDs

Quote - aniv said @ #92.2

I have my source's Wanna bet 10 bucks on it ? I already got the RTM without a PID though :D

not a gambling man ;)
i have my sources and while theyre fairly sure the scheduled maintenance has nothing to do with vista,
they cant put a date on xena availability.
i thought no one can say at this stage.

Quote - aniv said @ #92.2

I have my source's Wanna bet 10 bucks on it ? I already got the RTM without a PID though :D

If its the Enterprise version. It doesn't require a PID.

seen RTM build in action briefly at a Microsoft Security event earlier today.

Looked very similar to RC2 although the presenter said there were a lot of changes made "behind the scenes" and to UAC. He didnt know anything about availability on MSDN... Friday sounds plausible.

However, i still havnt seen any feature that makes me want to upgrade and im apalled by protected mode in IE7 (the way it opens new windows for trusted sites is annoying). Ill stick with my Tiger and XP machines for now and install RTM as dual boot for testing.

Well we will have to see what this is going to be like. Windows XP Home Edition is the most worthless piece of crap that M$ has ever come out with.

I might to be able to run Vista Basic on this old puter. 2.1ghz processor 128mb video card and 832mb ram. But I am going to watch and see how it runs and how bad the hackers tear it apart.

If I purchase another OS from M$, Vista will be that last one becasue I am tired of crap and paying for crap.

Quote - gph58 said @ #94
Windows XP Home Edition is the most worthless piece of crap that M$ has ever come out with.


how exactly is it worthless? seems to do everything i need for 2 years now

Quote - gph58 said @ #94

I am tired of crap and paying for crap

i hear that!

Quote - gph58 said @ #94
Windows XP Home Edition is the most worthless piece of crap that M$ has ever come out with.

So your saying that Windows XP Home Edition is worse than Windows Me? How?

What about Windows XP Home Edition N? Is that better than Windows XP Home Edition?

Your generalised statement seems to imply this!

man... where is this thing already searching through newsgroup like crazy hahahaha :P come on trusty friend leaky it out

Ha! Microsoft is the only company that will sell you half an OS and expect you to download the other half over 5 years.

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