SAN FRANCISCO -- Feb. 17, 2004 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco that its Windows® operating systems for 64-bit extended systems will be fully compatible with Intel Corp.’s newly announced processors with 64-bit extension technology. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer encouraged testers, developers and hardware manufacturers to prepare to take advantage of Windows for 64-bit extended systems, saying Microsoft had released its latest Windows to 5,000 members of its technical beta community. The 64-bit extended systems versions of Windows Server™ 2003 and Windows XP provide customers with the versatility to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications, enabling them to move to 64-bit computing at their own pace while preserving their current investment in 32-bit applications.
"Microsoft’s and Intel’s leadership continues to deliver powerful, cost-effective, 64-bit computing to the broad IT market," said Jim Allchin, group vice president of the Platforms Group at Microsoft. "Windows for 64-bit extended systems unlocks powerful new 64-bit processing capabilities while preserving the value of customer’s 32-bit application investments."
With 64-bit computing, customers see significant performance and scalability gains in applications that require large amounts of memory or intensive numeric calculations. For server applications, this includes database servers, Terminal Server deployments, business applications and technical computing. Desktop applications include digital content creation, computer-aided design/manufacturing, and professional video editing.
Microsoft plans to make Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems and Windows Server 2003 for 64-Bit Extended Systems, which are currently in beta, available in the second half of 2004. Customers and industry partners will hear more about Windows for 64-bit extended systems at Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) and Tech Ed 2004.
Being a developer and attending the local gatherings put on by various companys like MS,Sun etc... you can see that 64bit has a serious commitment by the development community as well as corporations and it's happening right now.
1.) 64bit is happening now
2.) You can buy 64bit and run it today
3.) People support it and are developing for 64bit
4.) AMD beat Intel to market with a mass-consumed affordable 64bit part that runs 32bit applications as well as the Intel 32bit only solution (they don't call the itanium "(t)itanic" for nothing, being relegated to 64bit database servers)
5.) AMD was first to 1GHz whilst Intel rushed to market their ill fated P3@1.13GHz which was later recalled
6.) AMD created the 3DNow! series of cpu extensions, and most applications written for SSE/SSE2 include 3DNow!. Athlon64's have SSE/SSE2 anyways.
7.) Intel insisted high end computing required the use of RDRAM
8.) Intel screwed up their superior 820 chipset remember the MCH recall (I had one)
9.) AMD screwed up with their higher-end CPU's having no thermal shut-down built into the chip (Toms Hardware actually has the video for their smoking remains)
10.) Intel released the first pentiums with a calculation bug!
11.) Alpha and MIPS have been running 64bit for quite some time
12.) The real limits of digital computers will eventually give way to a form of analog computing
The ball can be slammed back and forth all day, but the reality is time moves on, time is money, and Joe Public can buy an affordable 64bit system with no drawbacks NOW thanks to AMD. Joe Public will see 64 is bigger than 32 so they will buy bigger (SUV anyone?) regardless of how it is used.
I am not loyal to either company, hell I still run a Motorola 68060 CPU at home.
Its time to face facts; even though 64bit may not be needed it will be consumed as OEM's ramp up with AMD or Intel's 64bit part.
Games will exploit as much as is made available to the public, to say they won't is reminiscent of the statement "who needs more than 640k?". In fact games will probably be the first real driving need enthusiasts feel to go 64bit.
Aren't these threads fun?