Vista to be the last 32bit Windows

Microsoft has just announced that Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 will be the last versions of Windows to support 32bit processors.

“Microsoft has used its annual hardware engineering conference to announce that Windows Vista and Server 2008 will be the last versions of Windows capable of booting on 32-bit CPUs such as Intel Pentium 4 and Core Duo. AMD, which introduced 64-bit CPUs early — much to the derision of Intel, which said there was no use for them at the time — must be delighted with Microsoft’s decision. Owners of first-generation Intel Macs that used (32-bit only) Core Duo CPUs may not be so happy knowing that Vista will be the last Windows they will be able to run.”

So does this mark the end of 32 bit processors, or will they continue to be sold and supported by the Linux community? We will find out soon enough.

*update* it seems that the statement was misunderstood. What Microsoft’s Bill Laing meant was that Windows Server 2008 will be the last “server” operative system to run on 32bit processors.

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