The rumor goes something like this, Intel was late with their 64-bit solution, and they were afraid of AMD. If AMD got a 64-bit windows version to advertise, it would seriously hurt P4 sales. So, Intel either bribed, threatened, or pulled strings to slow down Windows iAMD64, or whatever it is called this week.
With the Nocona benches leaking this week, the rumors started to run wild again, and frankly I am getting sick of them. They are simply not true. When asked flat out, both Intel and AMD people told me that Intel did not do anything to slow down Win iAMD64's release, it is simply the fault, good or bad, of MS.
Before you wonder how much Intel paid me to write that, let me say that the people I talked to, bitter CPU rivals, would tell me who is at fault if one of them were. OK, one of them would tell me, the other would hem and haw. They didn't, the story matched.
So, go back to the bridge, and put the conspiracies to rest for now. There is no grand plan, just programming to do. No story here, keep moving along. µ
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