Paul Thurrott is now reporting that although Microsoft still intends to had out Windows Vista Beta 2 DVD's out at WinHEC, we may not be seeing Build 5381 as the Beta 2 Build. Its interesting to see how the road to Beta 2 is unfolding. I would have thought seeing as WinHEC is less than two weeks away and they need to print the DVD's, that Beta 2 would be finalized sometime this week. But if Paul is right and they moved to a different build, I'm curious how they are going to make it all happen in such a short time frame.
UPDATE: We were informed here at the Windows Vista Beta 2 Lab that Microsoft does not have a set Build number scheduled for Beta 2. Nor is Microsoft giving any official statements in regards to distribution of Beta 2 or its release date. Its important to note that despite speculation made within the community, if Microsoft does indeed not ship Beta 2 during WinHEC, this would NOT catagorize as any delay in any shape for form. Until Microsoft officially releases a statement regarding distribution and any release date and where it will become available, all we know is Microsoft is on schedule to release Windows Vista Beta 2 in second quater 2006. Second quarter 2006 means they have anywhere between April and the end of June to release Beta 2 and not have the release be considered "delayed". That said, there is nothing saying that the speculation of seeing Beta 2 for Vista and WinHEC is incorrect. But if we don't, we cannot consider it a delay.
I am saying this because folks tend to believe the speculation they hear on the internet and if Microsoft fails to meet the expectations of that speculation, folks believe the product is "delayed". This is surely not the case until Microsoft releases an official statement via their Press outlets.
I am very much looking forward to Windows Vista Beta 2, which is coming very soon no matter which way you look at it.