Chairman Bill Gates introduced the first public beta, or test version, of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista update at the WinHEC conference in Seattle on Tuesday. He also announced new betas of Office 2007 and Longhorn Server, the next version of the Windows Server operating system.
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