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Microsoft backs X86 64-bit

Upgrades will be needed for new software
Wed Nov 16 2005, 09:38
MICROSOFT has set chipmakers' sales teams hands rubbing with enough glee to start a forest fire by announcing that all its future software will only run on x86 compatible 64-bit chips.

The news is particularly important for those who want to run Microsoft's new Exchange 12 email server, and Vista R2 and the small-business edition of Vista when they hit the shops late next year.

According to, Bob Kelly, Vole's general manager of infrastructure server marketing broke the news to Microsoft's management software customers, yesterday.

By late next year, Microsoft expects to deliver Exchange 12, which will run only on x86-compatible 64-bit servers, he said.

He said that 64-bit chips will make the greatest impact on the performance of applications such as Exchange and its SQL Server database and will help .consolidate the total number of servers running 64-bit (processors) and users will be able to have bigger mailbox size.

Although the announcement was expected, it will mean that there will have to be a massive hardware upgrade for many companies between now and the end of the year.

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