Originally posted by Python1564
One of my friends told me that longhorn is going to require a special processor designed just for it, but if you ask me, thats a stupid idea cuz microsoft would lose a lot of money and customers. i just want to know if its true.
Well, first off, this isn't stupid because Longhorn is designed for 64bit processors.
64bit processors are out in the market, and in use. If you don't have a 64bit processor, why would you buy a 64bit OS? Microsoft isn't going to drop XP when Longhorn hits the market. THAT would be the stupid thing. No, until 64bit becomes the defacto standard for the computer market, XP will still be used and updated by Microsoft, alongside their 64bit solution (Longhorn).
As with most new technology, you should always try reading the information provided. Such as the sales info on the MS website, the white-papers, the specs and tech notes, etc.. Longhorn will incorporate a 32bit conversion tool to allow you to continue to run 32bit applications on Longhorn. So even if you switch to Longhorn, yer not out for all your old programs.