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Vista hits test teams

Microsoft has begun distributing the first Beta version of its forthcoming Windows OS, Vista, to more than 10,000 technical testers in the US. The global version of this trial will be available from August 3.

Microsoft has begun distributing the first Beta version of its forthcoming Windows OS, Vista, to more than 10,000 technical testers in the US. The global version of this trial will be available from August 3.

Subscribers to Microsoft’s Developer Network (MSDN) in the States now have the chance to check out the long-awaited new OS, previously code-named Longhorn, and report back to the software giant on how the platform can be improved.

Windows Vista beta 1 includes the first beta version of ‘Windows Presentation Foundation’ (formerly called 'Avalon’) and ‘Windows Communication Foundation’ (previously code-named ‘Indigo’, both of which make up part of Microsoft’s WinFX programming model.

This first beta version also includes a built-in beta 1 version of Internet Explorer 7, which apparently includes improved security features designed to help users protect themselves against malicious web sites, malware, phishing and spoofing attacks.

Although beta 1 isn’t officially due to be released to MSDN testers around the world until later this week, versions of the trial OS have already begun appearing on file-sharing networks and services such as BitTorrent. The trial OS is 2.46GB in size.

Look out for more details in the October issue of Windows Middle East magazine (on-sale throughout September).

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