100,000 public Vista testers get pre-RC1 build
Following the release
of Windows Vista Beta 2 to the public in June, Microsoft has now put up a download page
where Customer Preview Program members can grab the latest pre-Release Candidate 1 build of the operating system. The download is actually open to anyone, but as Microsoft explains
in its invitation, a valid Beta 2 CPP product ID is required to complete the installation process. This is a limited-time offer, too: after 100,000 downloads, Microsoft will close off the test program. The pre-RC1 build—a.k.a. build 5536—was released
to technical beta testers last week and reportedly brings substantial performance improvements over the Beta 2 version. Some screenshots of the build are available here
. Thanks to The Inquirer
for the link.