On Friday, November 3 at approximately 2:30 PM, the Microsoft Office team signed off on build 4518.1014 as the 2007 Microsoft Office system and released it to manufacturing. Jensen Harris discusses the milestone on his blog, including the much deserved ship party for everyone in the Office team; and also reflects on the three years during which Office 2007 was taking shape.
The Microsoft Windows team is also expected to sign off this week on a build of Windows Vista which will then become the final RTM (release to manufacturing) build. After taking some time to browse through the various blog postings, some more acurate than others, the expectation is that the final RTM version of Windows Vista will be version 6.0 build 6000. Although this is also just speculation until we see confirmation of that.
Both Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista should soon be available for download on MSDN and it will be nice to finally be running the RTM versions of these great products.