IBM on Tuesday released preliminary code, called alpha, for Project Monterey, the company's 64-bit operating system, thus making it possible for developers to begin crafting applications for the OS before its official release.
The release of the code is the second stage of the OS's development. Early validation with certain OEMs took place late last year, and the final release is being timed by IBM to coincide with the release of Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor later this year.
The shipment of the alpha code will provide a head start for software developers to build compilers, interactive development tools, and the necessary middleware to move Intel IA-32 systems to IA-64, according to IBM.
"No operating system is any good without software, and the release of alpha code for Monterey is just due diligence," said Joyce Becknell, an analyst at the Aberdeen Group. "IBM realised that developers need time to produce programs for the OS, and this announcement lets everyone know that IBM has kept to their schedule. They're not saying that Monterey is the next great thing, they're just reminding us of the status."