Microsoft Corp. made available for download
on Monday an updated beta release of two of its future Windows subsystems: the "Avalon" presentation and the "Indigo" communication ones.
As part of the new beta releasewhich 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.
Read the full story on Microsoft Watch: Microsoft Refreshes Avalon, Indigo Beta Builds