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SRO: Alpha 64-Bit Windows Arrives

May 11, 2000, 15:07 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Hidden away in a quiet nook of the Microsoft booth complex at Las Vegas' spring NetWorld+Interop, the premier alpha version of 64-bit Windows took its first precarious public steps. While its performance and features were unexceptional, the important thing about this early program isn't how well it runs--but that it runs at all."

"Running on a preproduction Intel Merced processor, the operating system proved itself as a complete 64-bit OS--from notebook to the kernel. But it's doubtful the OS will hit its target of being in early beta by the summer and in production by fall--a schedule outlined by Microsoft product manager Dave Cluba."

"To Microsoft's credit, however, there will be no attempt to upgrade Windows 2000 into a slightly different version. W2K-64 functionality is based on existing Windows 2000 Professional and Server code. Changes made to the 32-bit operating systems will be reflected immediately in the 64-bit version."

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