Mission accomplished

I was thinking of hanging a big banner and making a speech to announce that at 11:54PM last night we delivered the last piece of Windows Vista Inside Out to the hard-working production team at Microsoft Press. But that approach didn’t work out too well for the last guy who tried it, so I think I’ll just stick with this simple announcement instead.

It’s finished.

We’ve got a two-foot-high stack of page proofs to read over the next week, and when that’s all done it goes to the printer. If all goes well it should be on shelves before the official release of Windows Vista at the end of January.

You can pre-order a copy from Amazon.com if you don’t want to stand in line at your local Borders or B&N. And for some inexplicable reason Amazon left my co-authors’ names off the page. (Update: It appears to be fixed now. Thank goodness, or I would have had to read al these page proofs myself.) For the record, Carl Siechert and Craig Stinson and I did this project as a team. It’s amazing to think we’ve been working on this book since early 2003!

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18 thoughts on “Mission accomplished

  1. Congrats! I already pre-ordered it from Amazon back in July. If it is anything like the same book for XP, it may be the only Vista book I ever buy. Well, maybe not, but it will be the only Vista book that I will ever need.

  2. Hi Ed,
    I think your book will help lots of people get the most out of Vista. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I am about to install Vista RTM to my HP TC 4200 Tablet PC with 1.5 RAm hope it goes well. Do you suggest dual boot wih XP ?
    I could create a 30 gig partition for Vista

  3. Congratulations. Got my book on pre-order as well. Now I might be able to make sense of the revamped networking in Vista. πŸ™‚

  4. You’re almost at the finish line now! You must feel a huge sense of accomplishment. Congrats!

    We want signed copies!!!

  5. Great news, Ed! Your XP book is top-rate and I pre-ordered the new one long ago. The CD that came with the XP book is a great resource. It travels with me. I certainly hope the Vista book will also be on an accompanying CD (or will you need a DVD?)

  6. Haaglander, I know that Microsoft Press Europe has been eagerly awaiting this book and has plans for foreign editions ASAP, but I don’t know when those will arrive on shelves. There’s a lag for translation, unfortunately. If I find out anything more, I’ll pass it along.

  7. Not so fast, there, bucko. Amazon now has my name misspelled. (And, it turns out, it’s wrong on one of my books from last century: Running Windows NT Workstation!)

    So…no more page proof reviews from me until they get it right!

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