Visitors of the WinHEC conference in Seattle were given a goody bag with some DVDs, including a pre-beta version of Windows Longhorn build 5048. It's the second major build and the third pre-beta release of Microsoft's next-generation Windows.
The latest preview, build 5048, once again does not include the new "Aero" interface, which Microsoft demonstrated during chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates' keynote on Monday. The latest build does come in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. The first public beta of Longhorn is scheduled for this summer and will be aimed at IT administrators. The look-and-feel elements of Longhorn aren't expected to be polished until the Beta 2 release, which will be distributed to the general public.