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Windows 7 Beta Due in January

It includes security and performance updates

Microsoft will be handing out DVDs of its Vista-righting Windows 7 beta at its MSDN Developer Conference in January.

Meanwhile, a trial version of Vista SP2 is downloadable off of its TechNet web site.

It includes security and performance updates, "support for new types of hardware and emerging standards that will grow in importance in the coming months," and support for the latest Bluetooth specification and Blu-ray high-definition media encoding.

It's also got Microsoft's Windows Connect Now Wi-Fi configuration tool.

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