Amid speculation that Microsoft might again slip in its own timetable for the successor to Windows XP, the software giant on Tuesday released the first public beta of the new Windows Vista operating system. The tweaks to build 5381 appear to be aimed at a wider consumer market, providing first-time users of the new operating system with a smoother install, a small selection of desktop gadgets, and a filled-out help section.
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