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Tue, Mar 23, 2004 5:25 pm


I saw an estimate today for the hardware requirements for Microsoft's next major operating system (OS) release, currently dubbed Longhorn. The author of the article said that some are speculating the new OS may require a 5 GHz processor and 2 Gigabytes (GB) of memory¹. I also read another article today that stated Intel has just released its Prescott chip, which may operate at speeds as fast as 5 GHz with twice the cache of the present Pentium 4 processors². Though another article I've read states that Prescott will come in speeds up to 3.4 GHz³, so 5 GHz processor speeds are probably at least a year away yet.

The Longhorn operating system is slated for release in 2006. Microsoft may release another operating system, Windows XP Reloaded, before Longhorn is released. Windows XP Reloaded may contain some of the security and multimedia features of Longhorn. Microsoft is expected to release Service Pack 2 for Windows XP and Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003 by the middle of 2004.

Some of Longhorn's new security features will likely require hardware upgrades, which is good news for hardware manufacturers. The OS will rely on a built-in security chip to supply some of the security functionality.


  1. Desktop giant
    Next version of Windows expected to have big hardware needs
    By Florence Olsen

  2. March 22, 2004
  3. Intel quietly unleashes the power of Prescott
    By Oliver Rist
    March 19, 2004
  4. Prescott Brings More Cache to Intel's Future
    By Konstantinos Karagiannis
    February 4, 2004

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