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Microsoft Windows Vista beta out now

Tash Shifrin

Microsoft has released a beta 1 version of Windows Vista, the biggest update so far of its operating system since Windows XP.

The software giant said Windows Vista beta 1, which was in the past called Longhorn, is being delivered to more than 10,000 testers. It aims to improve the operating system’s fundamentals — security, deployment, manageability and performance.

New features are designed to improve security in corporate, mobile and roaming environments, as well as reducing the total cost of ownership of PCs through simplified management, increased automation of tasks and improved diagnostics.

Windows Vista beta 1 has a built-in beta 1 version of the browser Internet Explorer 7, which includes features designed to help protect against malicious websites or malware and against phishing and spoofing attacks.

The first beta version of Windows Server, previously codenamed 'Longhorn', has also been released to participants in the Technical Beta Program, including hardware and software manufacturers, vendors and developers. The new server operating system is due for full release in 2007.

 Windows Vista beta 1 also includes the first beta of Windows Presentation Foundation, formerly known as “Avalon”, and Windows Communication Foundation, formerly codenamed “Indigo”, which are part of the WinFX programming model.


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