The Register: MS Win64 bacon to be saved by Intel downplaying Itanium?Jul 24, 2000, 18:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)
"The Wintel alliance appears to be moving towards a converged story on Itanium and 64-bit Windows. Neither of them looks capable of shipping a product to spec and to schedule but - ahem - maybe neither of them cares, because it's not important after all."
"...Itanium being downgraded into a development platform certainly throws Redmond a substantial lifebelt. ... As it's not in beta yet, we're clearly talking late here, and that would be a serious issue if Itanium were important; the spectre of Linux and the Unices grabbing all the mission critical 64-bit server business while Win64 staggered would no doubt be haunting Microsoft."
"But if it's not important, Microsoft can make up lost ground by McKinley, which won't be an issue until 2002, and as an added extra it can cheer itself up at the thought of all that misplaced development effort by SCO, Trillian et al."