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Software giant thinks hardware

At WinHEC, Microsoft sets a date for its Longhorn OS, updates plans for smart displays and talks up future versions of Windows and the Next-Generation Secure Computing Base.

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At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in New Orleans, Microsoft sets a date for its Longhorn OS, updates plans for smart displays and talks up future versions of Windows and the Next-Generation Secure Computing Base.

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