Today was the best indicator yet that Vista is nearing RTM. Microsoft RTWed several Vista technologies today: Windows Defender, and Windows Desktop Search, and Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) for Windows XP. They also originally intended to release Windows Media Player today, but for some reason that was pushed back to Tuesday, October 30th. Combined with the recently-released Internet Explorer 7, these represent 5 of the major technologies in Windows Vista.
They also announced the hotly-anticipated
bribe upgrade program for people purchasing computers between now and the Vista/Office release in January. Specific details of the plan were as clear as mud, because each OEM is handling it differently, but at least Microsoft confirmed its existence.