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Windows 64-bit Edition now not likely before Q4

Happy Christmas Intel
Wed Apr 07 2004, 10:38
IT LOOKS LIKE Microsoft won't be in a position to launch a 64-bit Edition of Windows for anybody's 64-bit chippery any time before Q4, or what we call winter up here in the northern hemisphere.

At CeBIT, as we reported at the time, AMD was confident a Windows 64-bit edition would be shipped by the end of Q2. But a new and very-well-placed source now whispers that such a timeframe reflects AMD optimism rather than Volish intent.

Poor AMD will have some hard job to keep the people focused on having a Athlon 64, when only 32 of those bits are any use to them.

Though, in case you forgot or didn't know, there is an alternative called Linux that boasts 64-bit ability and which you could actually can get hold of right now, mostly for free.

Apparently Microsoft needs more time to finish its 64-bit Windows. We also understand that this Q4 is actually "AMD's Q4", which means more like mid-winter, barring more unforeseen delays and the inevitable security issues.

Sooner would be better for AMD, but it might just happen that Intel could have its own 64-bit offering available around that time, with its Tejas code name reworked into something more prosaic and some nice notional number attached.

It also could be that no one actually knows when this OS might be ready to ship, but we suspect 80% Intel might have slightly more leverage with the software monolith than its 12% "competitor". µ


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