New Build of Windows Vista Released

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-09-22 Print this article Print

Microsoft released build 5728 to testers, which includes a number of enhancements and changes, including the ability to turn off start up music and general stability and bug fixing.

Microsoft released an interim build of Windows Vista to its usual testers, as well as to100,000 of the participants in its Customer Preview Program, on September 22.

Build 5728 was delivered to testers via TechBeta, TechNet, TAP and MSDN, while the 100,000 CPP participants were chosen at random to get even greater diversity in the feed-back, a Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK.
The goal of this interim build was to provide technical audiences and application developers an opportunity to test against a more current build of Windows Vista, the spokesperson said.
Vista RC1 tests showed that the migration path might be rocky. Click here to read more. Microsoft was also looking for new-user feedback on the install and upgrade process and new configurations, the company said. Build 5728 also includes ongoing fit and finish work based on the feedback Microsoft has received on Vista Release Candidate 1 since its release on September 1. "Essentially, this build includes a number of specific enhancements and changes, including the ability to turn off start up music, general stability and bug fixing, and performance enhancements," the spokesperson said. Click here to read more about how Amazon revealed Vista pricing. Microsoft is still shooting for Vista to be available to volume license customers in November, with general availability in January 2007, "although the exact delivery date will be subject to achieving quality metrics based on customer feedback," the spokesperson said. But Microsoft and the European Commission are at a standoff over the bundling of security software in Vista, which could result in a shipping delay for the product in Europe. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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