As launch date approaches their will be many people to whom the Vista experience is a closed book, and many more whom have downloaded and are using the public beta version.
The aim of this forum is to share experiences and discuss problems, so that people who install Vista have a pool of information on which to rely for help, should they experience difficulties. We did this when Microsoft released the Windows XP SP2 - our dedicated forum was a great success.
The Vista launch is currently slated for "early 2007" by Microsoft, and although that seems a long way off, the time will fly, and we thought we should prepare for it now. The new software will undoubtedly give rise to a million questions, and we'll see lots of them here. It should prove to be an interesting experience, and I for one look forward to it.
Feel free to post about your beta experience if you've downloaded that version - it's sure to help others who might still be making up their minds.
I'm still waiting (im)patiently to get a copy of RC1, as I missed the boat for the Beta release. The website indicates that the registration system will open up to newcomers soon, but doesn't elaborate.
It's a release candidate, which means exactly that - a candidate to be the release version. It's rare for the gold code to be exactly the same as the first release candidate, there are almost always some alterations to the final version.