With WinHEC right around the corner (about two weeks away) people are starting to find out which build of Vista Microsoft will hand out to attendees. Paul Thurrott has said that Microsoft is going to hand out Vista 5381 and this will be branded as Beta 2. Here is what he had to say:
Microsoft continues work on Vista build 5381, which will be finalized as Beta 2 on May 22. Attendees of the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2006 will receive Vista Beta 2 on DVD, and Microsoft plans to seed the build with testers, other partners, and millions of consumers via a widely distributed Community Preview Program (CPP) in the following days. If you’ve been waiting for a chance to get your hands on Vista, that day is finally coming.
The recent builds of Vista have definitely been getting progressively better. With the release of Beta 2 we might see an operating system that will be usable on a daily basis. I have heard many people talk about incompatible drivers which either causes the system to frequently crash or not even install. I am sure that these issues will be quickly addressed since Vista should have all of their features implemented by this point.
News Source: WindowsIT Pro