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Microsoft Posting Windows Vista Specs

Microsoft Also Embarking on National

Microsoft will announce a campaign to boost the image of its upcoming Windows Vista ("Longhorn") operating system, in the run-up to its WinHec event in Seattle. It will be offering a "Get Ready" website, which will let consumers and IT managers determine how "ready" their systems are to be upgraded to the long-awaited Windows rev.

A primary goal is apparently to ensure users that their systems are fast enough with enough memory to handle Windows Vista--this in a PC market that may be heading for an expected down cycle in demand (this despite recent triumphant results from major PC manufacturer HP). Windows Vista will reportedly require at least a 1 gigahertz processing and a gig of memory as well to run effectively.

Microsoft has already officially announced a companion "Get Net Safe" tour, designed to raise awareness of computing safety and Internet security. Microsoft says the tour "will combine the resources of 11 organizations to heighten computer safety awareness in communities across the U.S." It will visit 12 cities from May through December, including stops in Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Los Angeles; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.

In addition to Microsoft, organizations involved in the Get Net Safe tour include AARP, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Geek Squad 24 Hour Computer Support Task Force, GetNetWise/Internet Education Foundation, i-SAFE, OnGuard Online, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

These announcements come in the same timeframe as Redmond's annual CEO Summit, which brings together 100 top CEOs for an essentially press-free discussion of top-level issues. The theme of this years' summit was "The Next 10 Years." In his keynote, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (pictured above) referred to Moore's Law, saying "it really leads to a different way of thinking about capacity, a different way of thinking about what you can do. You know, today in a company the idea that you digitally record every meeting, that you have all your training information online, and that it's easy for people to access that anywhere is commonsense, the actual cost of doing that storage is almost a rounding error...it's just a mindset change that as you move up that exponential curve more and more things become possible to do in a digital approach. And we don't see this going down."

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SYS-CON Italy News Desk 05/22/06 01:13:37 PM EDT

Microsoft will launch a campaign to let users and IT managers evaluate whether their current systems are 'ready' for the long-awaited Windows Vista 'Longhorn' rev. The new OS will reportedly require gigabit processor speeds and at least a gig of memory to function effectively.

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Microsoft will launch a campaign to let users and IT managers evaluate whether their current systems are 'ready' for the long-awaited Windows Vista 'Longhorn' rev. The new OS will reportedly require gigabit processor speeds and at least a gig of memory to function effectively.

Web 2.0 Journal News Desk 05/17/06 05:30:10 PM EDT

Microsoft will launch a campaign to let users and IT managers evaluate whether their current systems are 'ready' for the long-awaited Windows Vista 'Longhorn' rev. The new OS will reportedly require gigabit processor speeds and at least a gig of memory to function effectively.

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