Microsoft releases to manufacture 64-bit versions of Windows
Posted on 1-Apr-2005 20:20
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Microsoft has released to manufacturing new 64-bit versions of Windows. The list includes Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition, and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
Microsoft is planning for general availability of the x64 editions of Windows Server and Windows Client in late April and will make the announcement at WinHEC 2005.
The company says that Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition provide customers with increased performance, reliability and security while running both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. This feature enables companies to move to 64-bit computing at their own pace. Microsoft expects customers who work with the 64-bit Windows platform to see some performance improvements across a variety of workloads, compared to the 32-bit versions of these products.
Specific advantages of the 64-bit Windows platform include increased scalability and reliability in a familiar Windows environment, quicker processing, the ability to handle larger amounts of data more efficiently, and a better return on investment with faster deployments, increased security, and better manageability.
Expect to see Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions as platforms for mainstream database and business applications with large memory requirements, while Windows XP Professional x64 Edition will be used by business customers engaging in solving complex scientific problems, high performance design and engineering applications, high-end 3D game development, video editing, media encoding, or creating 3D animations.
Microsoft is working to help its partners and customers to migrate to 64-bit Windows by training a broad range of ISVs to make the transition to 64-bit as seamless as possible. The company has already trained more than 8,000 developers on 64-bit Windows, through its Route64 Training Tour 2005 programme. Route64 Training Tour 2005 included more than 15 training sessions for application developers and covered all aspects of 64-bit application development, migration and interoperability, managed and unmanaged on 64-bit Windows.