Vista unlocked

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By  Published  December 1, 2006

Microsoft has agreed to provide some essential data from its forthcoming operating system release to software security firms, following its earlier decision to withhold access. The software giant told Reuters news agency that it will give McAfee, Symantec and other security firms access to the kernel of the 64-bit version of Vista, which is due for global release next January. Microsoft used to allow access to security firms, but announced a change in policy ahead of the release of Vista. Last month, security firms had complained that Microsoft was not allowing them access to the kernel, which meant it was harder for them to develop patches for vulnerabilities in the system.

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