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Last Friday, Microsoft pushed Windows Vista Release Candidate 2 (RC2), build 5744, out the door. There's no laundry list of new features and functions associated with this build of Vista, but there is something significant about it.
You can sum it up in one word: refinement.
The areas of installation, performance and bugginess associated with Media Center and the new Sleep power management mode have all been improved. Vista continues to be exceptionally stable. There's no question that this new Windows is more reliable than XP.