NGSCB — the hardware/software security system formerly code-named "Palladium" — has been one of the most controversial components expected to debut in the version of Windows that's due out in 2006+.
I know many are freaked out about this hardware form of security, but here is some hope:
Microsoft is continuing to be vague about exactly how much of its NGSCB code will ship as part of Longhorn. Company officials have gone on record saying that customers would not be impacted by the technology until Microsoft delivered Version 2 of the NGSCB platform. The company has not provided a date for Version 2.
In spite of these facts, the plan of record continues to be to deliver Version 1 of its NGSCB technology as part of Longhorn, said Juarez.
Looks like microsoft is running behind and that there is no date for the full hardware/software big brother combo coming to a PC near you all too soon.