Windows XP RC1 Arrives

At long last, Microsoft today released Windows XP Release Candidate 1 to testers, sporting build number 2505. Beating the company's internal release goal of July 1, RC1 marks feature completion for Windows XP. Microsoft issued interim build 2502 earlier this week as a final check before the first release candidate was officially declared. The software giant is expected to make an announcement shortly to Preview Program participants, who will be given access to download the release.

Release Candidate 2 is slated to follow late next month, with a release to manufacturing at the end of August. In preparation for October's launch, Microsoft began a billion-dollar marketing campaign for Windows XP this week in Las Vegas.

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