Developer source: Microsoft ‘Longhorn’ to require some serious hardware

“Microsoft is expected to recommend that the ‘average’ Longhorn PC feature a dual-core CPU running at 4 to 6GHz; a minimum of 2 gigs of RAM; up to a terabyte of storage; a 1 Gbit, built-in, Ethernet-wired port and an 802.11g wireless link; and a graphics processor that runs three times faster than those on the market today,” Mary Jo Foley reports for Microsoft-Watch.

“That’s according to developer sources close to the company. Microsoft officials would not comment on the Longhorn reference implementation,” Foley reports.

Full article here.

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  1. Yeah, I was marvelling at the specs last night over at Slashdot. Longhorn’s not slated until 2006 or 2008, so that’s a few years off, but still $3000 won’t even give you that configuration at Dell, even with Higher Education discounts. You can’t get the processor speed (3.2GHz is the highest in the OptiPlex line), you can get the RAM. You can’t get the hard drive space (240GB or 2x120GB drives built in is the best you can configure, currently). And that doesn’t even include FireWire or the guarentee of GB Ethernet. Some machines have it some don’t.

    Though oddly enough, with the exception of processor, those are the specs Iim looking at for my new G5 configuration, if I can afford it, or decide not to upgrade my laptop. But I’m looking at the Dual 2GHz G5 processor, with 2GB memory, and 2x250GB internal hard drives, and a 1TB LaCie FireWire External. It’s my ultimate remote system admin and programming machine.

    Though admittedly a G5 laptop would lead me astray, since its hard to give up the current freedom and power that my 15″ G4 laptop provides me.

  2. So the ad we’re all clamoring for should be a side by side of Jobs with OS X and Allchin with Longhorn. Wait a couple months and use Jobs with Tiger. Then mention that Tiger is months away and Longhorn is years away. I doubt it’d be done, but it would sure be delicious!

  3. Good point Dave.
    But, Microsoft has a terrible record optomizing code and they generally don’t get anything right untill version three and there is a 2-3 year gap between versions. So if Longhorn manages to get released in 2007, version three won’t be out until 2011-2013. Will PCs even be PCs by then?

  4. I Have to agree w Dave H. 10.0 and 10.1 were just way ahead of the hardware offered, but I still hear about people cramming OS X into pre-G3 systems and calling it usable. Usable means different things to different people.

    But in reality 10.0 was really more like a beta and apple wasnt running around in ’99 yelling how great OS X will be. Plus Longhorn will hit the streets in 2006 and wont be upgraded for another 18 months or 2 years, where as Apple had realeased 2 major upgrades and tones of incremental upgrade (not just security patches) in that time.

    Just think SJ can run the same graphic for longhorn as he did last year and it would still get a laugh

  5. This is the Longhorn Pro version, I am sure that the “home” version will be sooo much better…

    M$ is a progressive company offering cutting edge solutions for everyone…
    just think a 1GB network connection on a home PC…
    WOW!…
    I cant wait…

  6. The major difference between Apple and MS is that Apple DELIVERS!

    Even if you read our dear friend Thurrott’s “unbiased” review of the Gates-Allchin keynote speech at WinHEC, it is all about what cool stuff they might have 2 years from now. Even then, this is the best they could say “…[Allchin] showed Longhorn playing 6 high-resolution videos simultaneously while playing Quake III Arena in the background [Thurrott fails to mention how poorly it did that]… Allchin also demonstrated an interesting migration tool that can optionally use an upcoming smart USB cable to transfer personal data from an existing PC to a new Longhorn-based PC.” YAAAWWWNNN….. Can you imagine how long it will take someone to transfer files via USB? THIS is the best they can do to help their poor XP users to transfer gigabytes of files to Longhorn? AND you have to wait over 2 YEARS for it!!

    Steve Jobs tells you what is available TODAY. He has never failed to give us something new TODAY… often for FREE! And when he does talk about the future, he ALWAYS delivers ahead of schedule with a product that is better than he described earlier.

    It totally baffles me how people can be struggling to get their Sasser-crippled computer working again and still tolerate these lame promises from Microsoft?

    MS=(BS)^2

  7. ROFLMAO

    Oh man, I remember a bunch of PC engineers saying that a user will never need a 64-bit chip in regards to the G5. Now, we have an OS forcing a user to possibly get a Dual processor CPU. I bet those same engineers are are getting a woody forgetting that the user will never “need” such power.

  8. This is an absolute joke. At the rate Intel is currently crawling, there is no way they’ll have a Dual Core 6GHz CPU in time for Longhorn unless it really is 2008 (or later) before M$ finally has it ready.

    Obviously Apple is doing something right since they can get their superior OS to run on hardware with less than 1/5 of those specs…

  9. Good work Mr. Gates! I hope you and Mr. Ballmer stay in ‘control’ at Micro$oft for many years to come! Please, please stay on this track so we can watch your company diminish into obscurity ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  10. What a joke… just like a Hummer today… big, ugly, unecological and horribly inconvenient…. yet, I’m sure that it doesn’t crash as much as Longhorn will.

    Who said that Windows was a cheap solution will have to rephrase that.

  11. Ary said: ” Allchin also demonstrated an interesting migration tool that can optionally use an upcoming smart USB cable to transfer personal data from an existing PC to a new Longhorn-based PC.” YAAAWWWNNN….. Can you imagine how long it will take someone to transfer files via USB? THIS is the best they can do to help their poor XP users to transfer gigabytes of files to Longhorn? AND you have to wait over 2 YEARS for it!!”

    Too bad they don’t have this feature available now, because it would take two years to transfer all your files over USB! Yikes!!!

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