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Microsoft ships Windows x64 and companies pledge support for platform
Posted on 26-Apr-2005 08:16 | Filed under: News

Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates has announced the general availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition during his keynote address at the 14th annual Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC 2005).

The new editions provide a single platform that can run new 64-bit applications and existing 32-bit applications.

Microsoft says that early adopters of Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions have seen stronger, faster results for database and data-intensive server applications. The x64 version of Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services, for example, can accommodate up to 170 percent more users per server than its 32-bit predecessor

Customers using Windows XP Professional x64 Edition are experiencing similar performance enhancements on the desktop in areas such as digital content creation, engineering, scientific computing and game development. For these customers, this translates into x64 Windows offering up to 32 times more physical memory and more than 1,000 times more virtual memory to work with, allowing them to work with massive datasets without needing to break the datasets into multiple portions.

The new operating systems will run on 64-bit Intel Xeon and Intel Pentium 4 processors, as well as AMD Opteron processors and AMD Athlon 64 processors.

With Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition shipping, a long list of companies announced support for the new operating systems. Software partners that have or are in the process of developing applications to support the Windows x64 platform include Adobe, Avid Softimage, BMC Software Inc., Cakewalk, Citrix Systems Inc., CommVault Systems Inc., Computer Associates International Inc., DHI Water and Environment, Ericom Software, IBM Corp., McAfee Inc., NewTek Inc., Oracle Corp., Parametric Technology Corp., Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology Inc., Symantec Corp., UGS, and Veritas Software Corp.

Computer manufacturers that will offer hardware running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions include Acer Inc., Alienware Corp., Dell, Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hitachi Ltd., HP, IBM, NEC Corp. and Unisys Corp. Hardware and peripheral vendors that will offer hardware support for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 X64 Editions include Broadcom, Brother, Canon, Epson, Lexmark Marvell, Neterion, Nvidia, and Ricoh, Samsung, Wacom, Xerox and Zoran.

iAnywhere is supporting the new OS versions with its SQL Anywhere Studio V9.0.2, including a free 64-bit Windows version of the SQL Anywhere Studio Developer Edition available now.

Micro Focus will provide compatibility with Windows Server 2003 x64 editions for its Micro Focus Studio and Micro Focus Server products. Support for legacy application development and deployment on 64-bit architectures will allow customers to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications and make the gradual shift to 64-bit computing at their own pace.

Samsung Electronics Co.has joined with five other companies to demonstrate the scalability threshold for DDR1 memory, in showing servers using 4GB registered DIMMs (dual inline memory modules) with Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition. The new Microsoft 64-bit Editions of the Windows Server 2003 helps servers to make use of up to twice as much memory for data storage and, at the same time, provides a larger "virtual address" area for user applications on top of the memory slots. Using the x64 versions of Windows Server 2003, high end AMD Opteron processor-based servers can be linked together to allow up to 32 4GB registered DIMMS for a total of 128GB.

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0 will provide automatic defense and response against spyware, viruses and worms for users of Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions. The scalable centralized management and response capabilities provided by Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition is designed to maximize uptime and minimize costs, while providing customers with the ultimate control and protection for desktop and network servers in both 32- and 64-bit environments. Current Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition customers with valid maintenance agreements will be entitled to upgrade at no incremental cost.

Veritas Software Corporation announced that its VERITAS Backup Exec 10.0 for Windows Server and VERITAS i3 for SQL Server supports Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions. In addition, Veritas unveiled a product roadmap supporting Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions across its storage management, high availability and disaster recovery solutions.

Dell will factory install Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions operating systems across Dell Precision workstation and PowerEdge server lines. Dell Precision 470 and 670 customers who rely on their independent software vendor (ISV)-certified hardware for enhanced productivity and maximum uptime can now address up to 16GB memory enabling more realistic animation and enhanced virtual environments such as 3-D. Dell Precision dual processor systems are powered by 64-Bit Intel Xeon processors and feature the latest in OpenGL graphics technology. The recently launched Dell Precision 380 will support Windows XP Professional x64 Edition in May and feature access to up to 8GB of RAM.

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