Microsoft stated it wants to train 10,000 system builders this year on its new 64-bit version of Windows. Bill Gates said that they want to do a lot of training in the system builder channel to educate them and their customers on the capabilities of the 64-bit version of Windows 2003.
Gates said that the advantages of 64-bit for servers are very dramatic.
To that end, he unveiled two new partner programs for Longhorn. The first, the Windows Longhorn Ready PC Program, will enable hardware vendors and system builders to label their PCs ready to run the next-gen OS when it becomes available. The other, the Windows Longhorn Logo Program, will allow system builders and hardware OEMs to label PCs according to their specific Longhorn capability. This program "is not put together" just yet, Gates said, but Microsoft hopes to start a dialogue with partners about how to proceed with the program.