DirectX 8 available
Microsoft has already made the DirectX 8, which is eagerly awaited by many, available to the public. Unfortunately, most of the innovations will only really benefit from future games.
Support for the new technologies in future games, such as DirectPlay IP Voice for real-time conversations in network games, shouldn't be a major problem. You can find the download for DirectX 8 in the German and English version for Windows 9x as well as for Windows 2000 directly here at Microsoft. The download is 11MB for Windows 9x and 7MB for Windows 2000.