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Microsoft Calls For 64-bit Software Support

The shift to 64-bit computing on the desktop is nearly here, or so says Bill Gates. By the end of next year, virtually all of AMD processors will be 64-bit chips, and most Intel chips shipped at that time will be 64-bit capable, Gates said. Gates used a good part of a speech to hardware makers to try to convince them that the time is now to start writing 64-bit drivers for their software.
AMD and some game developers will begin to occur in late 2004 and 2005. Intel will probably start to promote 64-bits on the desktop around the time Longhorn comes out in 2006. Windows XP 64-bit will ship by the end of this year and noted that it supports nearly all the features of the 32-bit OS, unlike a more limited 64-bit version of Windows that shipped for use with Intel’s Itanium processor.

The shift to 64-bit computing on the desktop is nearly here, or so says Bill Gates. By the end of next year, virtually all of AMD processors will be 64-bit chips, and most Intel chips shipped at that time will be 64-bit capable, Gates said. Gates used a good part of a speech to hardware makers to try to convince them that the time is now to start writing 64-bit drivers for their software.
AMD and some game developers will begin to occur in late 2004 and 2005. Intel will probably start to promote 64-bits on the desktop around the time Longhorn comes out in 2006. Windows XP 64-bit will ship by the end of this year and noted that it supports nearly all the features of the 32-bit OS, unlike a more limited 64-bit version of Windows that shipped for use with Intel’s Itanium processor.

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