Quoted from Microsoft sources:
With the last major upgrade to Windows, Windows XP, it was "not quite" two months between RC1 and the product's release to manufacturing, Wilcox said. If Microsoft releases Windows Vista RC1 on Sept. 5 or thereabouts, the release to manufacturing -- and a release to business customers -- could happen as soon as early November. Microsoft has said it will release Vista to business customers in November, but has not specified the exact date
According to sources familiar with the company's plans, Microsoft will be giving product reviewers access to Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) as soon as today, with the code set to drop publicly as early as Sept. 5. Microsoft has maintained it would have Windows Vista RC1 available by the end of September.
So looks like the start of the American Footie season for release....
Previously posted at blog.Solidsoft.com