Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2007 14:58 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Windows "It's the end of the line for 32-bit operating systems, Microsoft has proclaimed at its annual Windows Hardware Engineering conference After the software giant has gotten over its hangover from partying like it's 1999 with the release of Windows Server 2008, it will have one last 32-bit hurrah with a 'release 2' update to Windows Server 2008, and that'll be it. 32 bit CPU: if you have one, learn to love Vista - you're stuck with it.There will be no more versions of Windows - on desktop or server - that will work on 32-bit CPUs like Pentium 4 or Core Duo."
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Silly
by Ben Jao Ming on Thu 17th May 2007 15:37 UTC
Ben Jao Ming
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2005-07-26

What's the big deal about compiling their software for 32bit? I mean, doesn't their compiler handle most of this through a single compiling option and *some* manual tweaking!? If they're such a big and well-organized software producer, they must surely know how to maintain software for different architectures.

As I see it, this is just some fuzz created to ensure that demand for new hardware and software keeps a high level - an unnecessarily forced incitement for replacing computers and operating systems in the future. Somehow most of Microsoft's innovations lie in the systems requirements department.

Edited 2007-05-17 15:40

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RE: Silly
by Marcellus on Fri 18th May 2007 06:21 in reply to "Silly"
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2005-08-26

On the application level you probably don't have to do much to support both 32 and 64 bit. Depends entirely on what you do though.

But on the system level it's not that simple.

There always comes a point when it's simply not worth supporting an older generation any more.

And it's not like the drop 32 bit OS's NOW... That's something that is still 3-4 years in the future...

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