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Monday, 10 May 2004

Longhorn

Quickly: why all the outrage over Microsoft's alleged "average" Longhorn specs? Average specs for Windows XP right now are, what, 2GHz P4, 512MB RAM, 80GB HD, 64MB DirectX GPU? If Microsoft had said the average XP desktop had that spec in 2000, we'd have been laughing at them.

Note: "average" means, well, average over the lifetime of the OS. I'm pretty much OS agnostic: I "switched" to OS X because it looked a hell of a lot more exciting than Windows XP (and as far as I'm concerned, no PC laptops come close to the open-and-closeability of Apple laptops) amongst other reasons.

Which means I'm incredibly interested in Longhorn, not least of all to see what we'll be doing with WinFS, and I do so very much want to see what Aero Glass looks like. Speaking of Aero: shots of the latest WinHEC build of Longhorn have started coming out with the DCE enabled - check out some of them here, most notably the nearly-like-Expose-but-not-quite re-implementation of alt-tab switching (can I just say that the caption is amusing: "You can actually see the contents" -- er, no, you can't. You can see a tiny portion of the window, about enough for it to be completely useless).

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