0-1-2 Tier

“Finally – Microsoft have said that they will have 3 tiers of the “Longhorn Experience”:

  • Tier 0 – No fancy hardware required. No DX9 enhanced UI. Classic mode interface. Minimalist. It’ll run (apparently) on the same hardware as Win XP.
  • Tier 1 – DX7 acceleration. Some pretty features, but nothing shocking to Mac fans.
  • Tier 2 – DX9 acceleration. Lots of fancy features. Support for incredibly high resolutions natively. Based on what I’ve seen, the “Tier 2 Longhorn Experience” will make OSX’s rendering capabilities and Quartz Extreme look like a child’s crayon scribbles.”