As part of the new beta release—which Microsoft has christened Beta 1 Release Candidate (RC)—the company also is making available to testers a first beta release of a number of new technologies due to debut in Longhorn, the version of Windows due out in 2006. Among these new beta bits:
- A first release of Microsofts InfoCard technology;
- A first beta release of the recently announced Microsoft "Metro" document publishing technology;
- A first pass of a new speech application programming interface that will be key to Microsofts updated speech recognition and speech synthesis technologies.