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Gates Gives Glimpse of New Windows

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The wizard finally dropped the curtain, at least part way. Giving hardware makers a glimpse or Windows’ future at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Seattle yesterday, Bill Gates displayed some of the features on the long-awaited Longhorn.

Among the highlights for the upgrade, to be released in December 2006, are boosted security, richer graphics and higher processing speeds.

After demonstrating Longhorn’s aesthetics, which include semi-transparent windows allowing users to see information and video in windows below, Gates championed the next phase of data security.

“If you had to take one area where we put the most investment in, the security area would be the head of that list by a significant amount,” he said.

Longhorn will have cryptographic keys placed in silicon chips that built into PCs. This will be much more difficult to crack than encrypted files on the hard drive.

For those who find it difficult to wait for the release of Longhorn, Gates is offering two options. The first is an updated version of Windows XP, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition running at 64 bit capacity.

Additionally, Gates said that a beta version of Longhorn would be released this summer.

Gates Gives Glimpse of New Windows
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