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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Has MS missed a long-term opportunity?
by curts on Thu 17th May 2007 18:35 UTC
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2007-04-18

Frankly, I think MS is being short-sighted and should have made Vista strictly 64-bit. That would have given Vista a lot more cache' and more incentive for the average Windows user to embrace the new version. As it stands now, unless you are a serious PC Gamer wanting to play the new DX10 titles (or perhaps a serious home video editor?), one might as well sit tight on XP for now and wait for the 64-bit only Windows product (assuming you even need to stick with Windows - see below).

The dawn of ubiquitous 64-bit computing has been on the horizon for several years now. Vista could have finally made that day arrive. By not forcing Windows developers (both apps. and drivers) to support a 64-bit only Vista, MS is not showing technical leadership. Rather, they appear to be milking a cash cow for short-term profit.

I have an Ubuntu AMD 64 desktop today that successfully does much of what I want my desktop PC to do, but it was hard work getting it there. Too hard for the average PC user. If the Linux community can flesh out a rock solid 64-bit desktop that comes with all the usual drivers, media apps,and browser plugins pre-installed (or very, very easily installed, i.e. manually installing Automatix2 doesn't cut it for the average end-user), Linux could steal much of Microsoft's 64-bit desktop thunder.

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