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Old 9th October 2009, 16:50   #1
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Default 64-bit is old hat, Microsoft mulling 128-bit versions of Windows

Believe it or not, Windows 7's successor(s) have been in the planning and early development stages for a while now. We haven't posted anything about any of them yet, but we've been watching closely to see if anything really interesting turned up. Exactly two weeks ago, it did. A LinkedIn profile, which has already been taken down, for a Robert Morgan, Senior Research & Development at Microsoft, has shone a sliver of light on the possibility of 128-bit support coming to Windows 8.

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/new...-windows-9.ars
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Old 9th October 2009, 20:01   #2
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Software still won't support it until 64 bit is turned off, MS failed to axe 32bit with Windows 7 so I don't expect them to get it right this time
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Software still won't support it until 64 bit is turned off, MS failed to axe 32bit with Windows 7 so I don't expect them to get it right this time
7 was supposed to be 64bit only, but probably because Vista x64 wasn't a great succes (id Vista wasn't a success overall ) and x64 driver support is still too basic to push the market in x64.

When Windows 8 comes out, 64-bit support should be much better and not bringing out a 32-bit version of Windows 8 wouldn't be as catastrophic for sales as not brining out a 32-bit version of Windows 7.
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Old 10th October 2009, 22:14   #4
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What's wrong with 64bit right now? There isn't any reason to go with 32bit due to 64-bit driver support anymore, in my humble opinion.
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That is the point, there was no reason to relase a 32bit Version of 7 and now it stalls 64 bit software development.
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There are still a lot of programs that don't work on 64-bit systems, 64-bit drivers aren't always available either (or they can't be installed because they aren't signed) and in office environments 64-bit isn't necessary because you don't need 4Gb of RAM to use Office...
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Old 11th October 2009, 13:14   #7
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chicken-egg problem, if you don't force developers to code in 64 bit they won't
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Definitely agree on that one, but Microsoft probably didn't have much choice because of bad Vista sales and Seven has to make up for these bad sales (and a 64-bit only versions probably wouldn't do that).
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plenty of 32bit only CPUs out there
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plenty of 32bit only CPUs out there
Source?

Would those systems even recieve an OS upgrade?


Microsoft had a choice because it is Microsoft.

Apple is cutting off old system support in new OSes and almost noone complains.
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