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Symantec, McAfee Get Draft Vista APIs
Microsoft's new 'you-can't get-to-the-64-bit kernel' PatchGuard widgetry, draft APIs that are supposed to let them access

Microsoft Tuesday gave security vendors like Symantec and McAfee, who two months ago very publicly complained of being locked out of Vista because of Microsoft's new "you-can't get-to-the-64-bit kernel" PatchGuard widgetry, draft APIs that are supposed to let them access the operating system enough to create products.

Third-party vendors still have access to the 32-bit Vista kernel but eventually - and it could be a long eventually - 64-bit will displace it.

A final version of the interfaces, which are intended to keep the antitrust regulators at bay, is expected with a Vista Service Pack 1 maybe in mid-2007, maybe as far out as 2008. Microsoft will be taking comments on the draft interfaces until the end of January.

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