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Windows Vista finished

Off to manufacturing.

Microsoft's campaign to reinvigorate PC gaming received a welcome boost yesterday with the news that Windows Vista is now finished and being packed off to manufacturing.

The new operating system is due to be widely available on 30th January, but corporations who buy Windows licences in bulk will be able to get their hands on it later this month.

All of which is good news for game developers aiming to ship games in the near future featuring support for Vista's DirectX 10 technologies.

Microsoft has made a big deal of the benefits Vista will bring to gamers - promoting heavily the introduction of better game management tools, along with Xbox Live compatible community facilities.

Meanwhile, demonstrations of games like Flight Simulator X at trade events have focused on the operating system's ability to improve visuals - with comparative images suggesting a hugely improved level of visual fidelity.