Longhorn details emerge

Whenever Microsoft releases a new OS, they always promise that it’s faster than their previous one. In this case, it’s the least that Longhorn can be, since it will be 64-bit powered and require an graphics-acceleration card, but recently, in the Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis, they spilled the beans on “exactly” how faster it would be.

  • Launch applications 15 percent faster than Windows XP does
  • Boot PCs 50 percent faster than they boot currently and will allow PCs to resume from standby in two seconds
  • Allow users to patch systems with 50 percent fewer reboots required
  • Reduce the number of system images required by 50 percent
  • Enable companies to migrate users 75 percent faster than they can with existing versions of Windows.

Microsoft also claims that a Longhorn admin will be able to do a fresh install of Longhorn in 15 minutes (which is very welcome by me), but all these features are, at the moment, nothing more than claims, and none of them are implemented in the current releases that are out.

The author also mentions some other features, but most of them seem to be good for the computer Admin, which is fine, but I wonder what new features they are planning to bring to “normal” computer users. Most of the MacOS features implemented in the latest build were made to improve the user experience.

I don’t mind Microsoft wasting more time in building a steadier and more stable OS, but they also have to start thinking of some other features to add for the end-users, they’re going to have a hard time selling their OS. I’m talking about things like the Widgets and those nice looking sidebars (shown in the first releases).

If Microsoft gives us a powerful new platform that we can upgrade ourselves and to our liking, as in Firefox and MacOS with the Widgets, then they have a winner, if they don’t do so, they’d better start worrying.

Gates says “the iPod craze won’t last forever”, my answer to him is: Well, XP isn’t going to last forever either.

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