The straight scoop from Microsoft on Vista RC1 -- for which they hope to have five million people pounding on the code. See the post for more details.
Following the release Friday of Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Release Candidate 1 (RC1), Microsoft Corp. announced plans to make RC1 available for broad customer and partner testing. With this milestone, Microsoft is also communicating the U.S. estimated retail pricing* for all Windows Vista editions. The announcements signal a major step for the technology industry toward the final availability of Windows Vista, currently targeted for volume license customers in November 2006 and general availability in January 2007.
Source: Industry Testing of Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 Begins: Microsoft will broaden popular Customer Preview Program to allow for new participants; U.S. estimated retail pricing details now available.