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. Microsoft plans to provide a refresh of the Beta 1 bits
by mid-September at the Professional Developers Conference. Beta 2 isn’t slated
until some time in the first half of 2006, however. Beta 2 will be the first
wide-scale Longhorn beta release to feature the new Aero user interface.

- Launch applications 15 percent faster than Windows XP does
- Boot PCs 50 percent faster than they boot currently and will allow PCs to
resume from standby in two seconds
- Allow users to patch systems with 50 percent fewer reboots required
- Reduce the number of system images required by 50 percent
- Enable companies to migrate users 75 percent faster than they can with
existing versions of Windows

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. Microsoft plans to provide a refresh of the Beta 1 bits
by mid-September at the Professional Developers Conference. Beta 2 isn’t slated
until some time in the first half of 2006, however. Beta 2 will be the first
wide-scale Longhorn beta release to feature the new Aero user interface.

- Launch applications 15 percent faster than Windows XP does
- Boot PCs 50 percent faster than they boot currently and will allow PCs to
resume from standby in two seconds
- Allow users to patch systems with 50 percent fewer reboots required
- Reduce the number of system images required by 50 percent
- Enable companies to migrate users 75 percent faster than they can with
existing versions of Windows