New Default Platform

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-05-05 Print this article Print

?"> Moving a 32-bit driver to 64-bit Windows and the port around this "is the easy part, but the work comes in the testing," Marr added. "My understanding is that the driver port is pretty painless. I would also say that by the end of summer, you can safely port your drivers over. "The architecture that you need to support your application should be in the product, and if it is not, let me know and I will chase this down," he said.
The upcoming 64-bit extension release will have English and Japanese versions off the bat, followed by German, Spanish and Swedish versions, with the server expected to follow the same path. "We expect this release to be more broadly adopted than we were first hoping," Marr said.
"CPU and memory limits are the compelling factors of this operating system, which is now capable of supporting up to 16 terabytes, but as memory grows we will be able to test greater amounts of memory and then build this into the product." Microsoft says Palladium, its next-generation secure computing base, is still kicking and will debut in Longhorn. Click here to read more. "We see this as the default platform on PCs in the next few years. Most of our applications are supported by 32-bit under 64-bit Windows. Some of our applications, like Office and others on the server, dont necessarily have to be 64-bit applications, as they can be run and supported in compatible mode," he said. The naming of the product and its pricing are still being determined, Marr said, adding that theyd likely be close to the Windows 32-bit equivalent. While 64-bit would be a component of Longhorn, how it will be delivered has yet to be decided, he said. Marr said the new security features of the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will be included in the upcoming Windows 64-bit product. "Because we are shipping on the Server 2003 code base, we get all the reliability benefits of that for the client, and all the features and benefits of the XP SP2 will also all be incorporated into the next release," he said. "Some of these are already in there, others are being moved across, and some will find their way in after XP SP2 has been released this summer," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis. Be sure to add our Windows news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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