Paul Thurrott is reporting that Windows Vista should be sent to the manufacturer starting tomorrow, which is two-days ahead of schedule. As expected, the build number will jump from the upper 5000’s to 6000 so that this release can be considered Windows 6.0.
Paul’s sources have told him that the build number is expected to be 6000.16386.061101-2205 which means it was last compiled on November 1st. Hopefully they have thoroughly tested the version that will be released because the last version that was released to the public, Vista RC2 5744, still had some significant bugs in it.
As we have previously reported the RTM version of Windows Vista will be available to MSDN subscribers within 7-days of its release. That means by next Monday it will be in the hands of the subscribers and I’m sure it will be leaked quickly after that.