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 kaiwai on Fri 18th May 2007 02:34 UTC in reply to "Dumb"
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How does the average user benefit from being forced to use a 64 bit machine? Just like somebody said in the quad core AMD article, this will not help 99.9% of desktop users. It is not just MS that is doing this either. As a linux user, I would say that there is feature creep that is just worthless.

Based on what? if you have a 64bit operating system, and you compile your software on the 64bit operating system, but it is still 32bit, you get all the benefits of long mode, which include firstly, a huge number of registers for instance.

Don't look at '64bit', but instead, look at what the 64bit cpu features bring to computers - it isn't just going to benefit Microsoft, it will also benefit Linux, OpenSolaris and numerous other operating systems. There is more to 64bit cpus besides nit integers and address spaces.

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