Microsoft is preparing for DirectX 8 Beta 2
Microsoft today released a new internal version (Build 0145) to the DirectX 8 beta testers, with the note that Beta 2 of the graphics API will follow shortly. DirectX 8, for example, will be equipped with a voice chat functionality, which is already included in a simple form in Windows Me.
Furthermore, it offers many new features and will definitely be integrated into Windows codenamed Whistler. If there are no further delays, the final release of DirectX 8 can be expected in November this year.