That Vista release countdown clock has been reset to Nov. 8, in part because Microsoft found a catastrophic problem with one of the builds that made the Oct. 25 release impossible, according to a report today by Paul Thurrott.
That bug was fixed and a solid build was released on Friday, he wrote.
Ben Romano saw the clock in Microsoft’s Building 9 a week ago. At the time it said Vista would be released to manufacturers on a date that figured out to Oct. 25, and Ben wrote this story. Early on in the Vista process, Thurrott had reported that Oct. 25 was the internal target for release, but there hadn’t been any recent reported confirmation of the target.
After Ben’s story came out, Jim Allchin told Mary Jo Foley that the RTM date was incorrect, but everything was still on track for big corporate buyers to get the software in November and everyone else to get it in January.
Thurrott’s piece said the Oct. 25 date was still the target until that nasty bug was found. The new target is Nov. 8, but RTM could come sooner, he wrote.