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
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]