Longhorn to Steal Limelight at WinHEC "Microsoft's annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) traditionally is all about the low-level Windows innards that help make computers tick. WinHEC 2004, which kicks off next Tuesday, will focus heavily on the guts of Longhorn, a version of Windows that won't be ready for at least a couple more years.
The time lag seemingly isn't deterring Microsoft from evangelizing its next-gen platform.
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.
That's according to developer sources close to the company. Microsoft officials would not comment on the Longhorn reference implementation."