Developers are to be given the latest code for Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system this week.
Attendees at the firm’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles are to be supplied an early version of Vista, along with the latest builds of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005, both of which are expected to be launched this November.
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Windows Vista is expected to be widely available to users towards the end of next year.
The software will be distributed to developers after keynotes at the conference by Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates and Windows head Jim Allchin.
At the conference, more details of Microsoft’s forthcoming Office 12 collaboration suite will also be revealed.