The Beta 1 of Redmond's much anticipated (and delayed) next gen operating system, known to the world as Longhorn, is believed to be hitting testers in August - and Microsoft has finally decided to stop the speculation over what the new OS will deliver in terms of performance:
Just weeks before the Beta 1 bits are expected to hit, Microsoft has committed to some specific metrics around the kind of fundamental improvements Longhorn will deliver.
For the past several years, Microsoft has been promising that Longhorn would deliver some substantial security, reliability and performance improvements.
But until the worldwide partner conference in Minneapolis in mid-July, company officials had not quantified the benefits that Longhorn — the version of the Windows client operating system, due in 2006 — would deliver.
Amy Stephan, a senior product manager with the Windows client unit, outlined some of the various Longhorn "fundamentals," including systems management and deployment features, which Microsoft is readying.
More from Microsoft Watch here
So there you have it. You've waited all this time for a marginally faster system that requires less reboots after the inevitable monthly patch fest!
What do you think of these figures? Are you excited by the prospect of Longwait, or are you so bored of waiting you couldn't care less? Either way, let us know in the discussion forum here