The latest update on when to expect a copy of Microsoft Windows Vista RTM (release to manufacturing) is indicating that the RTM build will occur on November 8th. This is apparently after an unexpected bug was found in build 5824 on October 13th and subsequently fixed the following week in build 5840. As such the Windows Vista team now expects to release to manufacturing on November 8th.
You can read more at the Computer World website.
Yesterday Microsoft released the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) version of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2. Build 5730 can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx.
Internet Explorer 7 includes several notable changes from the previous release, including the tabbed layout and the inclusion of support for RSS feeds within the browser. Another welcome addition to the browser is a phishing filter which will warn the user if the site they are visiting is suspected to be fraudulent.
Today Microsoft released what is expected to be the final build of Windows Vista before to leave Redmond before the final RTM (Release to Manufacturing) code. Windows Vista build 5744, like its predecessor build 5728, is built on the final RTM source code branch. I'm presently downloading this build and will post some screenshots later today. The previous build was very stable indeed and the performance characteristics were impressive. In fact the only reason I've not yet adopted build 5728 as my primary operating system on my laptop is that my Dell Wireless 5700 EVDO ExpressCard does not yet support Windows Vista, and unfortunately Dell does not release pre-release drivers.