Yesterday Microsoft made available to select testers the final Release Candidate for Microsoft Windows Vista. Windows Vista Build 5600 is from the Release Candidate source branch with build numbers 5400 to 5699, the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) code branch begins at Build 5700 which was recently seen at Microsoft TechEd 2006 down under in Australia.
Continuing the improvements seen last week in Build 5536, the final Release Candidate is significantly faster than some of the earlier builds released outside Redmond. In Build 5472 though the Task Monitor could have its Opacity set which was a nice feature, however it seems this has now been removed in build 5536 and 5600. Hopefully, Microsoft will bring this back within the 5700 code branch so we can see that in the final RTM build expected this November.
In builds previous to 5600 Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite and SQL Server 2005 Express Edition warned of compatibility issues when installing and it is nice to see that in Build 5600 Visual Studio installs without any such warnings. It is nice to see Microsoft Windows Vista now on finals towards the November RTM build that some of us have been anticipating since Microsoft PDC 2003 and before.