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Previews & Reviews
Windows VISTA Beta 2 Build 5259 Preview - ExtremeMHz
Windows Vista Build 5219: The Saga Continues... - Hardware Secrets
Hands On with Windows Vista Beta 1 - PC Mag
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition FULL Review - Addict 3D
Windows XP Pro x64 Edition Gaming Comparison - HardOCP
WindowsXP 64 RC2 - Sudhian
Windows XP 64-Bit edition release Candidate 2 (RC2) - au-ja
XP Goes to 64 Bits - PC World
Nearing Completion: Windows XP Professional x64 Edition RC1 - Game PC
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition RC1 tested - ZDNet
Shaping Up Nicely : Microsoft’s XP Professional X64 Edition - Game PC
AMD and Linux: Reaching for the 64-bit Trophy - AnandTech
The 64bit age of Windows have started already - ASCII 24
Microsoft explains 64bit Windows to the developer/the user - PC Web
First step into 64-bit age - PC Watch
64-bit Drivers Compared : New releases from ATI & nVidia - Game PC
First benchmarks with Windows XP 64Bit - Thor's Hardware
Windows XP 64-Bit: First Look at Athlon 64 Performance - AnandTech
First Look: Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition - Tech TV
Windows XP 64-Bit-Edition (Beta Build 1069) - Chip

rticles and Press releases
02/27/06 Microsoft opens its Vista OS kimono - the inquirer
"It claims the number of offerings matches that currently available for Windows XPire. The versions are Vista Business, Vista Enterprise, Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, Vista Ultimate and Vista Starter"

Windows hardware trends to look for in 2006 - Search Win2000
"According to AMD,
Pacifica will be built into its Opteron and Athlon 64-bit chips during the first half of 2006. In November, Intel released the first PC processors to provide hardware virtualization support. The company plans to make it available next year in its Xeon server and mobile processors. "

Microsoft Updates Plans for 64-Bit Computing - PC World
"The server version of Microsoft's Longhorn operating system will come in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, but Release 2 of Longhorn, scheduled for 2009, will be 64-bit only, said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of Microsoft's Servers and Tools Business, in a speech at the conference"

Windows Vista, HDCP and Digital Rights Management - PC stats
"Part of the feature set of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista (ne Longhorn) operating system is support for High-Definition (HD) content, either through television signals, HD or Blu-Ray DVDs, or Internet video. Along with this support though, is a new set of restrictions designed to ensure the sanctity of HD content and protect it from copying"

Fujitsu Siemens Computers supporting Microsoft's Windows x64 operating systems - Ameinfo
"To coincide with the recent official introduction of Microsoft's new 64-bit Windows® Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Fujitsu Siemens Computers announced that a wide range of its servers, workstations and professional PCs support the new software."

Windows XP64 is a non standard OS, Canon says - the inquirer
"We would suggest that if a company as mighty as Canon is saying this, it would be very very wise to check on drivers before you make any steps you might later regret. Ask Intel and AMD tech support what they think. They are likely to give you cogent answers. And while you're at it, ask Microsoft. And
HP. And everyone else"

Users hunt for missing 64-bit kit from AMD and Microsoft - The Register
"AMD and Microsoft want nothing more than to tell you about the wonders of 64-bit Windows computing. The problem is that they've run out of cheap, promotional hardware used to lure customers to their shared North American Tech Tour events, leaving many users questioning whether they'll attend the 64-bit marketing love fests"

AMD Key to Microsoft's 64-bit Conquests - Internet News
"But Microsoft has been seen running around with AMD more of late, including a partnership that puts Opteron-based
HP ProLiant DL145 and DL585 servers in Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC) and a pact with Sun Microsystems to get its Opteron-based servers geared for Microsoft's Enterprise Engineering Center to use in conducting tests and benchmarks"

Void your Windows XP warranty, upgrade to 64 bits - the inquirer
"Upgrading to the 64-bit version means that the 32-bit version that shipped with your machine becomes null and void. There's no return and you can't expect much in the way of support from the Vole."

Microsoft takes internal servers 64-bit - ZDNet
"AMD senior engineer Michael Apthorpe denied his company was disappointed with the release, but said he thought Microsoft had focused on key performance drivers rather than the "fluffy niceties" of operating system design. While Microsoft has notably omitted 64-bit versions of some key programs--such as Outlook Express and Windows Media Player--in Windows XP x64, Apthorpe said that wasn't important."

64-bit Windows wide open to viruses - vnunet
"Users of the latest 64-bit version of Microsoft's Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system will not have the option to install Norton or McAfee antivirus software, can reveal."

AMD embraces 64-bit Windows - the inquirer
"Brian Valentine, a senior veep at Windows core operating system division at Microsoft said the Vole had developed Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition "in close collaboration with our key partners, including AMD.""

Windows done right - InfoWorld
"Windows x64 is designed for
Opteron. I'll back that up with facts, but I won't rush it. Nobody's going to run out to buy 64-bit hardware the second they get their hands on Windows x64 CDs. I'll take my time, but by the time I'm done, if you opt for EM64T Xeon over Opteron, you're a lost cause."

Microsoft to exchange 32 bit Windows for 64 for free - the inquirer
"We were quite surprised with this noble action and Microsoft has been very nice to the early 64 bit supporters giving away all the betas for free. This finally wiped away all our fears that users of existing 32 bit Windows will have to go out and buy a copy of new 64 bit Windows. "

Microsoft Preps for the 64-Bit Wave - Windows Watch
"Microsoft is paving the way for 64-bitness with its soon-to-be-delivered Windows XP Professional x64 client and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition server releases. Earlier this month, both of these products achieved Release Candidate 2 beta status. Microsoft officials say they are on track to roll out these new releases - as well as the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 underpinning - in the first half of this year."

Microsoft: 64-bit XP sales in the "millions" within first year - THG
"He described the operating as "extremely important" to Microsoft's 64-bit strategy and confirmed that the company would treat the operating system release just as serious as any other tier-1 software introduction. However, it appears that Microsoft is unsure, how well 64-bit computing will be adopted initially. According to Marr, it was "too early" to discuss if Longhorn, the next-generation Windows, would be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit components."

Microsoft made available for beta testers XP Pro (64bit) tagged as RC2
"The images on offer are Windows 2003 Server SP1 RC2 Standard, Enterprise, Blade and Datacenter editions (AMD64 bit, iA 64 bit and 32bit) as well as the standalone service pack and Windows XP Pro 64bit"

Windows 64 to arrive in April - the inquirer
"Sources claimed Microsoft is planning to introduce its 64 bit operating system for Intel and AMD processors (iAMD64) on the 29th of April. The sources are close to Microsoft."

What you need to know about Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition & Windows XP Professional x64
"To support the
AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) processors, Microsoft will release two Windows 2003 versions in the first half of 2005. These products, dubbed Windows 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition and Windows 2003 Standard x64 Edition, will provide all the functionality and features of Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition and Windows 2003 Standard Edition, respectively, along with the improvements from Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Windows 2003 Standard x64 Edition supports as many as four processors and as much as 32GB of RAM; Windows 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition supports as many as eight processors and as much as 64GB of RAM."

Microsoft nears release of 64-bit Windows - CNET
"The company said it has reached the "release candidate" stage for Service Pack 1 of Windows Server 2003. Microsoft is also at a similar point with several 64-bit Windows versions that use the same code base, including Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition"

AMD Disappointed by 64-Bit Delay - PC Advisor
"Microsoft announced in July that Windows XP 64-bit Edition for 64-bit Extended Systems and Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems will not be released until the first half of 2005"

Microsoft offers sneak peak of SQL Server 2005 - Computer World
"SQL Server 2005, also known as Yukon, succeeds SQL Server 2000, which was released in late 2000. Enhancements in the release focus on data management, developer productivity and business intelligence and are designed to help Microsoft compete in the database market against IBM and Oracle Corp"

Microsoft Updates 64-bit Windows XP Preview Editions - eWeek
"Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is expected to ship in the first half of 2005 as it is part of the Windows Server 2003 SP1 ship schedule and will be released at the same time as that product. Microsoft said in July that it was pushing back these releases from the end of this year as a result of delays with
Win XP SP2"

Microsoft details HPC plans - What PC?
"Microsoft will aim mostly at the 64-node and below market and hopes to offer a platform for server cluster packages costing from about $150,000 for 16-node solutions. That level of price could make HPC clusters more appealing for tasks such as financial risk analysis and rendering of video."

Windows for Opteron beta doesn't support Nocona - Info World
"The publicly available beta version of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems can only be installed on systems with
AMD Opteron and Athlon 64 processors, according to a Microsoft spokesman. During the operating system installation process, Windows checks to see whether or not it is being installed on an AMD system. If it is not, the software cannot be installed, the spokesman said"

Microsoft votes for X64 support over Intel Itanium - the inquirer
"It also underlines what may represent a fundamental disagreement between Intel and Microsoft over future directions. Early signs of Microsoft pushing 64-32 over Itanium came at AMD's launch of the
Opteron in New York a year ago. Microsoft had, it said at the time, been involved in 64-32 development right from the start."

Windows XP 64-bit Edition Beta Gives Apps Big Boost - Tech Web
"The Crafty program, which has won many chess competitions including the Internet Computer Chess Tournament, in 64-bit mode outperformed a 32-bit version by nearly 47 percent, AMD said. The Panorama Factory application created a digital photo panorama 57 percent faster in 64-bit mode than in 32-bit mode. "

System integrators, builders worry about OS intentions - the inquirer
"Windows 64 XP is expected to be released in the second half of this year and its absence is undoubtedly affecting sales of
Athlon 64 machines. Intel has said it won't contemplate releasing its own EM64T (iAMD64) desktop versions until Microsoft presses the green button"

AMD: Microsoft's New Best Buddy - Linux Insider
"This new, strengthened AMD-Microsoft partnership first became apparent at Microsoft's PDC, when Microsoft hinted at a more aggressive move to 64-bit desktop and low-end servers. At WinHEC, Microsoft made the jump and started to favor its own 64-bit edition of Windows XP. The software giant drove home the point that NX -- the no-execute component of Longhorn and Windows XP SP-2 -- would run only on AMD's Athlon and
Opteron 64-bit processors because of headroom limitations in the 32-bit parts"

Bob Muglia delivers the Windows Server roadmap - Win Super Site
Paul: OK, so how do these companies differentiate their 64-bit products?
BM: So there are some things that AMD's done that Intel hasn't done, and I'm sure Intel will continue to invest here, and will do a really good job. AMD led the way on this one. There's no doubt they led the way on this one. "

Microsoft maps future for Windows Server OS - Computer Weekly
"Microsoft said 32-bit applications would run faster on the 64-bit Extended Systems edition. It claimed 32-bit SAP would be able to support 10% more users; databases would run up to 17% faster; and the server would be able to support 111% more users for file access. "

Microsoft's Gates confirms no AMD Windows 64 until Q4 - the inquirer
"Also on show will be Windows 64-bit for AMD and Intel, which isn't scheduled for release until the 4th quarter, according to a statement from Microsoft. As well as Windows 64-bit for iAMD, Gates is promising to give people a glimpse of the Longhorn technology "

Athlon 64 sales slow as Windows 64 delayed - the inquirer
"Some observers suggest that sales of the
Athlon 64s will only pick up when Windows 64-bit software is available for it. But that could well have slipped into Q4 of this year. In the meantime, AMD may well be able to slash prices of its Athlon 64 chips when it moves them to the smaller 90 nanometre process."

Windows 64 bit edition not till second half of 2004 - the inquirer
"Maybe AMD should voucher up Windows 64-bit Edition with it chips. They can sure ask ATI for advice about such matters."

Microsoft Broadens Commitment to 64-Bit Windows
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.

Driver problems plague Windows for AMD64 beta - the inquirer

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