November 17, 2006 3:37 PM PST

Windows Vista available to developers

Microsoft has made the final code for Windows Vista available to its developer networks, two weeks ahead of the business launch of the new operating system.

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After years of development work and a last flurry of testing, Microsoft finalized Windows Vista last week.

On Thursday, Microsoft made the code for Vista available to subscribers of the MSDN and TechNet developer programs, a milestone that was noted on a number of Windows enthusiast sites.

The software maker plans to offer Vista and Office 2007 to volume license customers on November 30, while consumers will have to wait until January for the latest versions of Microsoft's flagship products.

Meanwhile, the company is giving free copies of Windows Vista to members of its technical beta program who filed at least one bug report during the testing of the operating system. The offer does not apply to technology enthusiasts who downloaded Vista as part of the broader Customer Preview Program.

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One Word: VISTAPOCALYPSE
The hackers will tear through Vista like buckshot through butter.
Posted by Sumatra-Bosch (526 comments )
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You wish
You've posted the same stupid word on nearly every article about Vista for months. I obviously have better insight than you because I'm expecting a decrease in exploits for Vista as compared to it's predecessors and I know a number of reasons why whereas you haven't got a single reason to expect what you claim will happen.
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