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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RE: Dumb
by re_re on Thu 17th May 2007 15:39 UTC in reply to "Dumb"
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The main thing (for current applications) is the use of the added registers which does make things run a little more efficiently. Also, with things moving the direction they are (bigger more bloated everything) soon 4 gb of ram and beyond will be necessary for a lot of things.

While I am not all that fond of Microsoft, i do understand this move. Quite simply, they do not want to have to maintain 32 and 64 bit compatability, it is much cheaper to stick with one and they are going to move to the future (64) instead of sticking to the past (32).

Many major linux distros are slowly pushing this as well, but in a much less drastic way. The bottom line is simply that based on the way software is being made now, soon 4 gb+ of ram will be necessary.

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