In what looks to be a very busy end of year, Microsoft has pushed Windows Vista 1 out of Beta into Release Candidate mode.
In doing so, the software maker has also provided with a link where you will find a 0.4MB installer.
The release candidate will certainly attract the attention of enthusiast and system administrators as well who will be able to test Vista to see whether the SP1 delivers the level of stability and performance that many expected Vista would bring forth when it was launched nearly a year ago.
Vista SP1 is one of the three major service packs that Microsoft has lined up for release in the next few weeks. Windows XP SP3 is also a release candidate that is waiting to become public whereas Office 2007 SP1 is already a goer.
Microsoft is aiming for a Q1 2008 release after which it will probably devote more resources to get Windows Server 2008 and Internet Explorer 8 browser out of the door.
The service pack will aim at improving Vista's issues with stability, security and performance.