Microsoft today released its 64-bit version of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 in beta form for Advanced Micro Devices’ forthcoming Opteron and Athlon64 processors, Laura Rohde reports for IDG News Service. According to Rohde, “The Athlon64 can run both 64-bit and 32-bit applications on a PC with a 64-bit operating system, and with the Microsoft’s Windows on Windows 64 emulation technology, customers can run current 32-bit applications on the 64-bit operating system all without a reduction in performance speeds, the company said in a statement.” Final releases of the OSes from Microsoft are scheduled for the first half of 2004. Full article here.
For info on Apple’s Mac OS X, read The Register’s Tony Smith’s take on Apple’s 64-bit OS situation and future plans here.
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