And for my encore… Sleep.

As you've almost certainly heard by now, we've finished.  Windows Vista has shipped, and our mantle has passed on to the manufacturers, who now have a little over two months to stuff a hundred million DVDs into boxes and put them onto store shelves everywhere.

For those of you outside the company, this date really doesn't mean much, because you still won't see the finished product until it's out on a store shelf.  But internally, it's cause for celebration.  All of the programming is finished, and the developers are now moving on to the next version.  There's a pretty good Q&A with svenh up on presspass about what this means.

A couple weeks ago, Larry Osterman posted on a game he dubbed Last Checkin Chicken.  What he didn't know when writing up that post was how close the "winner" would be.  The apparent last checkin was a hardware compat fix by a dev on the audio team.  Not only that, but the bug was found with one of my test apps, so I'm close to it.  There's a part of me disappointed that I didn't help find this one sooner, thus saving the notoriety of being last, but mostly I'm just glad we were able to get the fix into the product at all.

I think November and December are going to be pretty dead around here.  We're in the planning stages for the next Windows, but now is the time that many people will take long-overdue vacations, put off during the ship stages of Vista.  With all these developers coming down from crunch time, one of the other devs here suggested that now would be a good time to sell your coffee stock.  Me?  I'm going to sleep in for a few days.

Comments (4)
  1. Peter Kirn says:

    Well, it sounds like the Windows dev team deserves a long vacation, definitely! I do hope that part of what happens in the lull, though, is that technical information on what’s new gets out to people who rely on the audio system for working. We’re really anxious to see what you’ve done. Your lull is where we just get started.


    Peter Kirn

    Editor, Create Digital Music (which will soon need to begin talking Vista!)

  2. Ryan Bemrose says:

    A good starting point for core audio programming interface is the MSDN library, which has been updated with the new Vista APIs.

    I also plan to do more technical audio info on this blog.  If you have anything specific you’d like to hear about, feel free to e-mail me or comment here with suggestions.

  3. After months of waiting it’s released. Go out and get yourself a copy already!

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