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Microsoft agrees on code release

Microsoft has agreed to provide some essential data from its forthcoming operating system release to software security firms.

The software giant told Reuters news agency this month 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 release in January.

Microsoft used to allow access to security firms, but announced a change in policy ahead of the release of Vista.

Microsoft has promised the data in order to comply with European Union regulations linked to competition issues.

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