Thanks DJ^TuRKiYe...MICROSOFT HAS POSTPONED the launch of DirectX 9 for a week. We said that DirectX 9 would officially be introduced on Thursday 12th but its plans have changed, we have learned. The new "final date" is 19th of December, just before Christmas to make many Radeon 9700 and 9500 generations people happy.
One major application -- 3dmark 2003 is hidden by the nasty cold winds of an NDA that we won't sign.
News source: The Inq