I don't understand why everybody is crying about the requirements for running Windows Longhorn:  "The average PC is expected to have a dual-core 4 to 6GHz processor, a minimum of 2GB of RAM, a 1 terabyte hard drive, 1 gigabit Ethernet, and a graphics card that's three times as fast as the ones you can buy right now."
Perhaps because organizations that are paying for Software Assurance for Windows desktops won't ever get any return on that investment?  If desktops are going to have to look like this, clearly Longhorn will be driven by a hardware refresh cycle.  And since the vast majority of new PC purchases include the Windows OS license for that PC, the Software Assurance payments will have been meaningless.  Four+ years of Software Assurance between Windows XP and Longhorn.  And then the new hardware will include the new license anyway.

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