At a 2:00 P.M. Eastern time briefing with the press today, Microsoft will announce the release of the Windows Vista Community Technology Preview (CTP) for December 2005, a pre-release version of the company's next client OS. The December CTP will be released to beta testers sometime today, I'm told.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
According to sources in Redmond the December CTP, or build 5270, will include dramatic functional changes compared with the preceding CTP build, 5231, which was distributed in October. As I've previously discussed, the next big push after the December 2005 CTP won't be in January 2006, as you might expect, but in February, when Microsoft will ship a feature-complete Windows Vista version to beta testers for the first time.
While you're waiting for the December CTP to hit, please visit my latest technology showcase on the SuperSite for Windows (URL below). I've been working on my review of the December CTP and will post it as soon as possible.