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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The future.
by systyrant on Thu 17th May 2007 16:38 UTC
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2007-01-18

As others have pointed out 64bit processors will be the only kind of processor you can get on your new PC and continuing to support 32bit isn't a very good business idea in the future. It's my understanding that the majority of Vista sales are going to be OEM sales and not retail sales. Most OEM's are going to be selling 64bit and not 32bit. So to me it makes since that the next version of Windows is going to be 64bit only.

I figure that if software developers continued to support old hardware just because people don't want to or can't afford to buy newer hardware we'd still be in the stone age. Progress always leaves somebody behind. That is life.

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