Sunday, May 07, 2006 1:18 PM bart

Vista coming closer every day - About build 5365 and 5381

Windows Vista's coming closer day by day. I can feel the heat :-). Last week, I was at Hasselt to present some stuff around Windows Vista, IE7 and Office 2007. And quite honestly, it was one of the first presentations where I was pretty confident of the build quality of the software I was showing the audience. IE7 reached the beta 2 stage and Windows Vista is approaching this stadium pretty fast as well. As David said on his blog, build 5365 is the best Vista build ever seen and I have to agree with him for the full 100%. Everything just seems to work: my audio stack is alive-n-kicking again, the ALT-TAB-includes-Windows-logo-problem has been solved and the system just runs so much smoother, all graphical effects included.

And just a week after downloading the 3 GB ISO file (which took me half a day due to the speed limits on the MS Connect servers to give every one a fair amount of bandwidth) a new build has been published online, i.e. build 5381 which happens to be a beta 2 preview. I guess I'll skip this one (no promises - bet I'm downloading it anyway next week :-)). According to the plan beta 2 is expected to arrive on May 22 later this month.

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