RTM is a term that is normally applied to software or hardware products. It’s usually the point when a development team is satisfied with that their code has reached the necessary levels of quality and functionality required for a product to be deployed by customers. I guess RTM can be (and is) applied to books, especially when Microsoft is the publisher.
Amazon.com is still quoting December 1 as the likely availability date for printed books. Microsoft Press says that an eBook will be available next week. The price quoted on O’Reilly’s web site for the different formats seems higher than Amazon but O’Reilly may have the eBook as an exclusive for a while until the Kindle version is generated (my thoughts, not necessarily based on any great knowledge of how and when eBooks are generated).
Clearly it’s nice to reach this point in the publication cycle and I’d like to thank all who helped to create the content for the book in one way or another. Publishing a high-quality book truly requires a team effort from all concerned. Of course, now I have to think about what to do for an encore… so Microsoft, when is the next version of Exchange (E15?) due to be released?