DirectX 9 postponed
Theinquirer.net reports that Microsoft and its partners, including ATI, had suggested DirectX 9 would be introduced in early October, but now we hear it's postponed until the end of November.
But Beta 2 of the API has just become available, even though the only hardware compatible with DirectX 9 is the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro. But even ATI, the only company with a DX 9 part on the market is not allowed to ship DirectX 9 drivers and distribute its cards with DirectX 9.
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