Windows Vista RC2 Set for Release

A Portugese-language blog post from a member of the Windows Local Test and Support team in Brazil Wednesday, along with a download page on Microsoft's Web site confirmed that Windows Vista RC2 is arriving shortly, and will be available for public download.

According to the Web page for Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants, which has since been removed, RC2 will be build 5744.

In a Google translation of the blog post, the word "Vista" is replaced with "Seen," which explains the headline, "Seen Windows RC2 Arriving."

"We're in the final queue for the launch of Build RC2 of Windows Vista," a more accurate translation reads. "Currently, thousands of desktops are already spinning RC1, and tests of compatibility and reliability signal that Vista is almost ready. Build RC2 will be the last build beta before the final RTM version."

"As we have previously discussed," a Microsoft spokesperson told BetaNews late today, "Microsoft does plan to deliver one more interim build of Windows Vista before releasing the final product. The exact name of the build, and the date of its release, have not been announced."

Wednesday morning, a positive report from a Goldman Sachs analyst, stating he believed Vista's shipping deadlines would not slip further and reiterating his firm's "buy" recommendation, helped Microsoft stock value over 2 percent on the NASDAQ exchange, closing at $27.94.

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