Lets face it it was going to happen Eventually:
WORD FROM the badlands of the Internet concerns Microsoft's new Windows Vista.
It appears to have been leaked ahead of the downloadable MSDN release and can be found on various torrent sites and the FTPs of unscrupulous individuals.
We can't confirm if the release works, but after a period with 'nuke' status on the various nfo sites the release is now unnuked and allegedly proper and working.
Also to note is that installing from a previous version of Windows will not work stating a read error, suggesting that the release is far from perfect.
The release has the build number 6000.16386.061101-2205.
The key supplied with the warez release is an older RC2-based key, but apparently the Windows setup will allow you to install without a key for a 30-day period.
We certainly don't condone the download or use of pirated software, but it is interesting this download has come prior to any actual official release from Microsoft.
Oddly, Office 2007 which went final several days before Vista, is still nowhere to be seen.
More updates as we get them