The Register: 64-bit Win2k beta for Q2 as Wintel reforms around ItaniumFeb 19, 2000, 19:02 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)
"Another day, another beta - fresh from launching Windows 2000 yesterday, Microsoft said that it would deliver a beta of the 64-bit version in Q2 of this year, and reiterated that it expects to ship the finished version at the same time as Intel's Itanium goes out the door.
Microsoft has of course provided abundant proof in the past that early expectations aren't necessarily borne out by reality, but the company maybe has a couple of things going for it this time around. It claims that the Windows 2000 code base is '64-bit ready,' and of course it's been engaged in 64-bit development simultaneously with Win2k development.
Add to this the likelihood that the first version of 64-bit Windows is likely to be a composite of 32-bit and 64-bit code, plus Windows supremo Jim Allchin's intention to get Microsoft's development schedules back under control, and maybe finished code for Itanium is just about do-able."