Microsoft has released an interim build of Windows Vista to 100,000
Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants, and made the new build
available on TechBeta, TechNet, TAP and MSDN.
Any member or subscriber to TechBeta, TechNet, TAP and MSDN can download it for free.
The latest version speeds up the installation and upgrade procedures,
so that when you install or upgrade, the process goes more quickly than
it did in earlier builds, the company said. The release also includes
bug fixes and other minor improvements to the “fit and finish” of the
The build, 5728, is the first public release of a new Vista version
since the debut of Release Candidate 1 (RC1) on 1 September, which had
version number 5600. Microsoft does not view it as a milestone or major
revision and released it primarily to get feedback on the upgrade and
installation experience, it said. The new release also includes overall
performance enhancements, improved stability and allows users to turn
off the start-up music.
The 100,000 CPP participants who received the newest build were
chosen at random. In addition, any member or subscriber to TechBeta,
TechNet, TAP and MSDN can download it for free.
Microsoft has said Windows Vista will be in the hands of volume
licence customers by November and available to consumers by the end of