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Microsoft launches Longhorn website (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 11:25 PM
Beta testing for Microsoft OS codename Longhorn have been going on for a couple of years now. I personaly was able to test out and run on several builds of the beta OS, even with the original stages of the now posponed WinFS filesystem.
Longhorn, the code name for the next version of Windows now being built by Microsoft, is the most powerful, most reliable, most secure version of Windows ever. It delivers on the promise of allowing people to use their computers more easily and confidently to achieve their goals and pursue their passions.

Read more about the Longhorn Vision.

Greater confidence and control

You told us that you wanted us to focus on the fundamentals—to get reliability and security right. Longhorn is the most secure version of Windows ever, both on individual PCs and in a network setting. Longhorn makes it easier to work securely and effectively, connect with others, find and manage your information, and have fun.

More effective at work and home

Longhorn makes it easier to find what you're looking for on your computer, on other connected computers, or across the Internet. It includes powerful tools for organizing your information the way you want it.

The next generation platform

Connecting people, information, application and systems; Longhorn is fundamentally different from earlier versions of Windows, and this difference is already sparking innovation across the entire computer industry

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Although Longhorns official hardware requirements are rather high (min 3Ghz CPU high speed 3D card, fast Disk subsystem and so on) it actualy ran as nice as Windows XP on my desktop, an AXP@2Ghz and 1GB ram.

The only botleneck I found was WinFS itself, causing rather high Disk I/O operations and nearly constant activity on both CPU, Disks and Memory. WinFS has now been delayed and not included in the initial release plans of Longhorn.

At this moment, it would seem that Longhorns system requirements are quite steep, but in the light of it already running equally well as XP and in light of the computer industry's roadmaps at the moment, being 2-way Core CPU's in 2005 and up to 16-way Core CPU's for AMD in 2006-2007, the current and next generation graphics chips and the developments in both ram and rom storage, Longhorn will be able to launch with systems on the market that can fully utilize its capabilities and run at decent to high speeds.

[edit on 14-6-2005 by thematrix]

posted on Jun, 14 2005 @ 12:23 AM

Although Longhorns official hardware requirements are rather high (min 3Ghz CPU, 2GB ram, high speed 3D card and so on)

As an OEM System Partner of MS
I checked the partner website and that seems not quite right for requirements.

This is an excerpt of what we will need to have them "Longhorn" ready.

The "Longhorn"-Ready PC requires a combination of essential PC hardware that will define great overall "Longhorn" performance, a triumvirate of CPU plus memory plus graphics. PCs should have a modern CPU, at least 512MB of memory, and a graphics processor that will be ready for the "Longhorn" Display Driver.

Granted a "Modern CPU" Will be a 3ghz or better at time of release, but 512meg is alot less than 2gb.

Longhorn Partner Site

That would explain why it ran so smooth on your system.

posted on Jun, 14 2005 @ 12:39 AM
That's a relief. I was shaking in my boots. I got the impression that my one year old computer would be obsolete next year. I'm not sure, but I think Longhorn will run on my system just fine, although a memory upgrade to 1GB couldn't hurt.

[edit on 05/6/14 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Jun, 14 2005 @ 12:40 AM
I have been using Longhorn Beta for a few months now with no real problems at all. My Processor is a 2390 MHz Genuine Intel, with total physical memory of 512 MB and 2.00 GB of virtual memory.
With a NVIDIA GeForce4 video card. I personally like the looks and options of the GUI.

[edit on 14/6/2005 by Sauron]

posted on Jun, 14 2005 @ 03:48 AM
This begs the question, will Longhorn be backwards compatable? That is to say, will Windows software work on the new system or will I have to get all new versions of Photoshop etc. If it's not they can take their OS and go to hell


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