It's official: Windows Vista has been released to manufacturing:

"As Microsoft Windows Vista is released to manufacturing (RTM) today — a significant milestone for Microsoft and its partners — anticipation is building around that all-important question: How good is it really?

"Microsoft says Windows Vista is its most heavily tested operating system ever, with deep investments made to ensure greater security, reliability and usability. But after all the time, expense and effort to get it right, does Windows Vista meet the quality bar? For answers to this and other questions about the quality of Windows Vista, PressPass spoke with Sven Hallauer, release manager and director of program management at Microsoft."

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As Sven Hallauer put it: "So yes, everything is on track and we’re very excited about it."

The Seattle PI reports the announcement here...

"This is a good day," said Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division, in a conference call announcing the operating system's release to manufacturing. "It's rock solid, and we're ready to ship."

Computerworld reports that Windows Vista is done and released to manufacturing... gotta love the press.

"Microsoft today officially finished the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of its upcoming Windows Vista operating system. The RTM release is the first step toward the widespread availability of the operating system, which is slated to be available to corporate volume license customers via the Web or on CD sometime before Nov. 30, and to general consumers on Jan. 30, 2007.

"The RTM version will be offered first to system manufacturers, who use it as the basis for their installations of Windows Vista on new PCs. It is not yet available for consumer download, although Microsoft has said that it will be available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers some time this month."

Jim Allchin also left this note on the Windows Vista Blog this morning...

"It’s time!" Posted by Jim Allchin on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 11:53 AM

Tags: Windows Vista, Jim Allchin, Annnouncement, Featured News, RTM, Release-to-Manufacturing 

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